My visit to “Dress best for less” thrift shop in Piedmont

I gave “Dress best for less” a visit today and was glad I did. With COVID and everything else going in the world I’m like many of you who want to make sure that the shopping store we do visit are in accordance with protecting everyone. Walking into “DBFL” right at the entrance the company has hand sanitizer and gloves for everyone walking in the store. Julia greets everyone that walks in the store. The store has a cozy warm atmosphere. Everything is organized and placed well. You are able to find things for all ages. When talking to Julia she mentioned that If any client tries clothing on that they immediately add heat and steam all clothing. She mentioned at the close of each store they focus on sterilizing everything. They get a 10 from me in following procedures. Their prices are reasonable and they have some nice quality pieces. I look forward to my visit in the near future. Check them out for yourself!

Address: 4020 Piedmont ave Oakland ca or buy online at


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I have been having a vision of having a beautiful garden Oasis in front of the backyard cottage. I will be updating the cottage in the near future and wanted to get ahead start on the front space of the cottage. I am working on creating a tropical, colorful plant wall going along side the fence. I will be documenting the whole process.

“Detoxifying sweetness”

Yes! I call it “Detoxifying sweetness” My special drink I came up with. This drink has so many benefits. Way back when I was a young lad, I stopped drinking sodas at the age of 19,20 years of age. I would make hibiscus tea as a drink and the other day when I went to pick up the celery I grabbed Tamarind as well because I would sit and eat Tamarind as a snack/desert. I thought it would be a good mixture to combine them together. That is exactly what me and my husband did. Try it out for yourself and let me know your thoughts on it!

Benefits of the drink

Tamarind benefits

.The polyphenols in tamarind have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. These can protect against diseases such as heart disease, cancer and diabetes. The seed extract may also help lower blood sugar, while the pulp extract may help you lose body weight and reverse fatty liver disease

.Tamarind is high in many nutrients. A single cup (120 grams) of the pulp contains (2):

  • Magnesium: 28% of the RDI.
  • Potassium: 22% of the RDI.
  • Iron: 19% of the RDI.
  • Calcium: 9% of the RDI.
  • Phosphorus: 14% of the RDI.
  • Vitamin B1 (thiamin): 34% of the RDI.
  • Vitamin B2 (riboflavin): 11% of the RDI.
  • Vitamin B3 (niacin): 12% of the RDI.

.Digestion– In some African countries tamarind is used as a laxative because it contains a large amount of malic acid, tartaric acid, and potassium. That explains why when I had 2 cups full ummm I went to the bathroom like really fast! lol

.Weight loss– it contains Flavonoids polyphenols, substances that can help regulate the lipids metabolism. I will be documenting

.Heals wounds– applying a mixture from the tree and leaves can help you heal faster

.Asthma– Tamarind has antihistaminic adaptogenic effects which helps with asthma and allergic cough.

Hibiscus Benefits

.Loaded with Antioxidants

.Lower blood pressure

.Keeps Digestion running smoothly

.Keeps Immune system healthy– High in Vitamin C

.Tames Inflammation

.Improves Liver Health


.Straight tamarind

.Dried Hibiscus flowers

.Sugar Free Natural Zero Calorie Erythritol sweetener

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I know you probably heard of people drinking celery juice by now and was curious of what it’s all about. Months back I gave it a try and at first the taste was a bit much but after awhile it became easy peasy. I was really feeling a difference in many ways. I stopped taking the drink for a few months now and feel that it’s a great time to join back in. I went down to my usual spot to purchase the celery juice, a local hispanic mom and pop shop that knows me well. I visited today and as soon as I asked for 10 stalks of celery they remembered me. I was well known as the ” Celery lady”. I told them that I am back and will be coming once a week to buy the celery.

Here are some benefits of Juicing Celery juice first thing in the morning on an empty stomach.

Celery Juice heals and activates the gut
-helps us digest things faster and more efficiently. Celery juice helps raise stomach acid, which is necessary to help break down food, especially protein.   

.Celery Juice lowers cholesterol. Celery contains a compound called  3-n-butylphthalide (BuPh) that has been reported to have lipid-lowering action, reducing the bad cholesterol (LDL) in our bloodstream.

Celery Juice is a natural anti-inflammatory. It contains Polyacetylene which reduces chronic joint pain, gout, and rheumatoid arthritis. Not only does it soothe the body, but it is also believed to soothe the nerves, with calming and relaxing properties.

Celery Juice lowers blood pressure. Research shows that celery helps lower high blood pressure by acting as a smooth muscle relaxant, improving the flow of calcium and potassium in cells, allowing blood vessels to expand and contract with greater ease.

Celery juice aids the Liver. Studies show that celery helps reduce fat build-up in the liver. The nutrients in celery protect the liver, and actually help the liver produce enzymes that help flush fat and toxins out.

Celery juice improves digestion by increasing circulation in the intestines, getting things going and moving. It’s good for constipation, bloating, puffiness and water retention, acting as a gentle, mild, natural laxative and diuretic.

Celery Juice fights infection. Research shows that compounds found in celery contain powerful antimicrobial properties that fight infections and naturally boost immunity. Celery juice reduces uric acid and stimulates urine production, especially useful in fighting bacterial infections within the digestive tract and reproductive organs, helping prevent UTIs, bladder and kidney disorders.

Celery Juice contains powerful anti-oxidants and cancer-fighting compounds.

Celery juice is highly nutritious. Celery is loaded with essential minerals and vitamins such as folate, potassium, vitamin B6, vitamin K and vitamin C.  A cocktail for the skin. The luteolin in celery protects skin from the inside and prevents UV-induced damage. Some swear by celery’s skin healing properties, saying that it helped clear up skin conditions like psoriasis and acne.

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I don’t know about you but I love to give myself (or get it done by a professional) a good body scrub treatment. There are so many benefits to a body scrub.

  • Promoting efficient circulation and skin cell turnover
  • Removing dead cells from the skin’s surface
  • Smoothing and softening rough, dry skin
  • Drawing out impurities and clearing congestion
  • Freeing ingrown hairs and smoothing razor bumps


  • 1 cup raw cane sugar
  • 1 cup sea salt or epsom salt
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • 2 tbsp dried lavender
  • 2 tbsp chopped rosemary
  • 1 tsp sweet almond oil
  • 10 drops lavender essential oil

How To Use A Body Scrub 

It’s best to use a body scrub two to three times per week to keep your skin soft and smooth from head to toe. Here’s how to add one to your body care routine:

  1. Use lukewarm water; allow it to run for 5-10 minutes to soften the skin
  2. Pause running water and apply the scrub in circular motions; start at your feet and move upwards towards your heart to enhance circulation
  3. Maintain gentle pressure (don’t scrub too hard!)
  4. Rinse thoroughly
  5. Apply your favorite body oil or lotion while your skin is still slightly damp.


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4 great fruit and herb infused mocktails for spring

Spring is just about coming to an end and we are coming up on Summer. The weather is nice and although most of us are at home we can still pull out creative drinks. Let’s face it now is the time to get creative. Below are 4 great Mocktails (cocktails) you can make in the comfort of your home. For those that want something a little stronger, no worries just add alcohol. Rosemary and mint are my best friends because they are so easy to grow. You can have a nice size container and they will grow like crazy, so why not get creative with them.

Grapefruit rosemary lemonade

Picture from “Pinch me i’m eating”


  • 1 cup sugar
  • 5 cups water divided
  • 2 large sprigs rosemary or a handful of smaller pieces
  • 1 1/4 cups freshly squeezed grapefruit juice about 2 large grapefruits
  • 1 1/4 cups freshly squeezed lemon juice about 8 small lemons


  • Heat sugar with 1 cup water in a small saucepan on medium heat. Bring to a simmer and stir occasionally until sugar is dissolved. Add rosemary and simmer for 5 minutes. Turn off heat and let the rosemary steep for about 20 minutes as the syrup cools. Discard rosemary.
  • Combine rosemary syrup with remaining water, grapefruit juice, and lemon juice. Chill and serve!


Use rosemary syrup for other mixed drinks as well! Recipe is from

Peach melba cooler


1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup water
1 medium, ripe peach (about 6 ounces)
1/2 pint fresh raspberries (about 6 ounces)
1 bunch fresh lemon thyme (about 30 sprigs), rinsed and woody ends trimmed
1 liter cold club soda

Recipe from

Ginger beer mojito from “Gimme some oven”


  • fresh lime juice
  • fresh mint leaves
  • rum (optional)
  • Ginger beer
  • icecubes

Lavender lemonade from “Against all grains”


  • 6 cups water
  • ½ cup light-colored honey
  • ⅓ cup dried lavender
  • 1 cup fresh lemon juice, strained


  1. Bring water and honey to a boil in a large pot over medium-high heat.
  2. Gently crush the lavender in a mortar and pestle or in a bowl with a meat tenderizer. Add the crushed lavender to the pot then remove it from the heat.
  3. Cover, refrigerate, and steep for 2 hours.
  4. Strain the liquid through a fine mesh sieve. Stir in the lemon juice and serve over ice.

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