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    Ingredient Spotlight: Jojoba Oil

    Ingredient Spotlight: Jojoba Oil

     Ingredient Spotlight: Jojoba Oil

     

    A key ingredient in our skin and hair care products, Jojoba oil has significant health benefits.  Each of our ingredients are carefully vetted and selected to ensure that they are both safe and effective.  We have chosen Jojoba oil for its long list of benefits that help ensure our products deliver results you can count on.

    JOJOBA OIL (Simmondsia Chinensis)

    Jojoba oil is the liquid that comes from the seed of the Simmondsia chinensis (Jojoba) plant. These plants are a shrub found in southern Arizona, southern California and northwestern Mexico. While referred to as an oil, it is actually a liquid plant wax.

    Top Skin & Hair Benefits

    • Moisturizer: Helps control skin’s oil balance. Can aid in treating eczema and dry skin in general.
    • Dirt and makeup removal: Safely removes makeup and impurities and is hypoallergenic. Jojoba oil does not clog pores.
    • Improves wound healing and fights acne: Contains iodine and Vitamin B complex which are great for fighting harmful bacteria.
    • Antiaging properties: Evens out fine lines and wrinkles.
    • Improves hair health: Adds shine and moisture to hair. Helps eliminate tangles. Treats dry scalp and dandruff.

     

    Ten Phrases to Kiss Goodbye

    Ten Phrases to Kiss Goodbye

     

    We are always trying to improve here at Dolphin Organics.  Better ourselves, our families, our products.  The root of much progress lies in what we say and then of course, what we do. We realized that there are some self-limiting phrases running around that can certainly hamper growth and we decided to try to become more aware to see if we could limit their use.  See if they sound familiar to you, or if you hear them spoken by your children or other family members. Speaking these phrases may have become bad habits, and you may not even realize how commonplace they are in your life. By removing them from our vocabulary, we are finding a more positive outlook and a more productive life too.

     

    01

    I wish

    I wish I was in better shape. I wish I had taken that job. "I wish" takes you away from what you currently have and where you are currently going.

     

    02

    I am not

    I am not good enough, smart enough.  I am not ready for this.  I am not good enough.  Take out the "not" and you are on your way to affirming "I am".

     

    03

    I just

    I just wanted to say… I just was about to...I just meant that... Instead of "just",  just say it. 

     

    04

    I won't

    I won't have time for that workout. I won't be able to run 10k. I won't know what to say.  How about an example...  I won't be treated that way can become, I will set proper boundaries. Own it and you will. 

     

    05

    I can't

    Can't means won't. Plain and simple.

     

    06

    If only

    If only I had more time . If only my children would listen to me.  Poof, you got your “if only”, now what?  There's always another if only lurking in the shadows.

     

    07

    I will when

    I will be happy when I get that promotion. I will go back to school when...I will call my Mom when I have the time.  How about now?

     

    08

    I never

    I never will...I never would...I never do that...  That word never will eventually and surely get you to eat your words.

     

    09

    but 

    I love you but...I want to but...I thought so but... It actually negates everything that precedes it.  

     

    10

    I hate 

    I hate when...I hate that...I hate this...  Dislike, don't care for, loathe, despise.  Get creative, select from so many other great words and stop the hate.

    On Being Busy

    On Being Busy

    Several months ago, I made a conscious decision to drop the word busy from my vocabulary after reading a post titled,        The Disease of Being Busy by Omid Safi.  While my schedule has not changed as a result, I will tell you my life and my perception of life have improved.  My days are now full, not busy. 

    I am committed to lists and have a very structured approach to my day that works for me.  I use a very specific notebook with nice, thick paper for my lists and I have a wonderful planner that I also use.  In addition to these paper luxuries, I also keep certain recurring activities on my iPhone which then syncs with my iPad and MacBook as well.  While the technology is quite efficient and easy to manage, I find the writing of lists and physical act of checking them off or rewriting them on a subsequent list very satisfying and this hybrid approach works for me.  That is the trick. Find the approach that works for you and stick to it.  I stray from my topic ever so briefly, because the topic of how we plan our days certainly impacts how we approach our time and how we perceive its passing.

    Why does it seem we are a society that thinks somehow busy people are better, more accomplished and just generally more important?  Ironic actually.  Have a good look at the busiest person you know. Is he or she really, truly productive?  Are they truly living their lives and relishing their days and moments?  Is it possible these busy bees are actually poor time managers who thrive on their hamster wheels and have convinced themselves that busy is better? Think about your own patterns of behavior and your own relationship with busyness.

     I know for me that the path from busy to full is a personal evolution and a work in progress.   While I dropped the word and acknowledged that “busy” can be a state of mind, I still harbor fear of idleness.  I fear the anti-busy.  I have a difficult time with true 100% downtime.  This of course prevents one from living in the present moment. It’s all connected.  I keep waiting for life and home to attain this self-defined organized state of utopia and promise myself that THEN I will allow myself time to dabble in the luxury of idleness. Here I can insert a favorite life mantra: The trouble is you think you have time…  Hey, awareness is the first step.

    In my hunt for other people who feel as I do about this busy badge of honor we all seem to be wearing these days, I stumbled upon a post on The Muse titled 4 Ways to Break Free From Being Too Busy.  This excerpt struck a sad, but true chord:

    “…because busyness has become a status symbol—a sign that you are in demand and thus important—it’s easy to default to the word “busy” to describe your life. When we tell people that we are busy,in many cases what we’re trying to say is, “The activities that consume my day are important. I feel overwhelmed because I am busy, but my busyness is mandatory because I’m contributing so much to the world.” When we feel busy, we feel like we’re winning at life—like we’re doing something right and maximizing our productivity”.

    In my current state of awareness, I should mention that I have become the “busy” police.  I am hyper-aware of the use of the word and its context.  I am starting to feel like many “busy” people are just not managing their time well.  You know the common social exchange of "Hi, how are you?" "Good, how are you?", where you are really filling the air, because rarely does the asker want to know and rarely does the teller say anything revealing or mirroring the truth. Well, in some ways the new equivalent exchange is: "Hi, how are you?" and the common response is: "Sooo busy."  Today, I find myself wanting to say, "Doing what?  What are you so busy doing and is that really good a thing?".

    Select a recent day and review it.  Look through your date book or calendar.  If it is a day of back to back meetings with barely a break for lunch, try saying: “Wow, that was a full day”.  If you went from school drop-off, to yoga, to the market, to the vet, to the kitchen, to the laundry room and back to school.  Wow, that sounds like a full day to me.   A glass can be full, a heart can be full, a bag can be full.  Full feels better to say and to visualize.  It has a quality that is inherently more positive than busy.  If you are busy, you can likely miss the little things, which we all know can be big things.   A full day wants to fit that bedtime story in.  I think a full day usually does.

    It's not enough to be busy.  So are the ants.  The question is: What are you busy about?  Henry David Thoreau.

     

     

     

     

    The Family Table. Making Family Dinners Happen.

    The Family Table. Making Family Dinners Happen.

    Eating dinner together as a family at the same table at the same time is important. It’s not my opinion, it’s a fact.  Whether you are family of two or ten, young or older children, this time together is sacred, even when it might feel like the last thing you want to do.  There are all sorts of data that suggest that children who regularly engage in family dinners are less apt to experiment with drugs and other risky behaviors.  (Ron Taffel, Ph.D). How about that? For the doubters among us, listen to your heart.  Reflect on your last family meal, or your own childhood.  I bet your gut instinct says that it is indeed important to have meals together as a family.

    Your perception of family dinners is going to be in no small part influenced by your own historic experience.  In my case, I recall Sunday dinners in the dining room of my childhood home where my sisters would incessantly stick their fingers in the candle wax, in complete disregard of how many times my parents would ask them to stop.  More importantly, I recall saying grace before each lovingly prepared meal, conversation, as well as certain unspoken rules and traditions.  The house phone could ring and would remain unanswered.  My mother and father would direct their attentions and dialogue towards me and my sisters.  We would enjoy a leisurely meal and all topics were fair game.  Most of all, I recall attention.  We had both of our parents focused on us free of distraction.

    Now, dinner was served every night of the week, but these were more cursory events.  While present in the kitchen, my mother rarely sat at the table. As I was the youngest, I often sat alone, occasionally joined by one of my elder sisters as they headed to and fro in their busier lives.  I also recall many evenings alone rustling up a meal with items left for that purpose by my parents when business beckoned my them out for the evening.  These nights were more common, yet the ones that stay in my memory are those spent around our dining room table or out at the many local restaurants we also frequented.

    Most clear and crisp are the feelings, what is indelible is the attention, the conversation, the focus on me.  The interest my parents showed in what I had to say, the questions, the love, the attention of the spoken word directed at me.

    Take time to reflect on your own family table.  What traditions do you wish to or do you currently maintain in your present life?  If family meals were nonexistent, have you begun your own traditions or do you deny their value because they were not part of your history?  Ask yourself some questions and listen carefully for what the answers do and don’t tell you.

     How you interpret “family meal” is not the focus.  There is no right or wrong in the how.  The only right and wrong exist in whether you create this time or you don’t.

    The family table in our home is a work in progress. It is constantly evolving, and hopefully improves over time.

    I believe that this can and should happen as your family’s life evolves and changes.  In order for the family table to be a sustainable notion, it must ebb and flow and accommodate your lives’ demands.

    I used to come to my current Sunday dinner table with my weekly calendar so that we could use the time to organize our week together.  A nice idea perhaps, but I found it flew in the face of stress-free, open dialogue.  It felt like a meeting. A quick survey around the table, and that practice got the ax.

     We rarely eat in the dining room, but we mix up our meal locations choosing the island, the kitchen table or outside, if weather permits.

    If cooking and preparing culinary masterpieces is enjoyable to you, go for it.  If the idea of cooking alone causes you to cease and desist from any attempt at a family table, then keep it incredibly simple.  Do what will make this practice sustainable.  I have a friend who sets the Sunday family table with china and linens and flowers from her garden (bless her).  And I have friends who eat together as a family almost every weeknight barring a major conflict.  They alternate cooking responsibilities and often eat out as well.  They are committed to this practice and see it as a sacred time to share and invest in their family.

    If you are already having nightly meals together, kudos and keep it up.  If you have laughed in the face of this post because your reality seems to defy family meals, keep reading and see if the pointers below provide a glimmer of hope. Have an open mind and an open heart.  And of course, jump in and let us know how you make your family table.  Remember, though many of the ideas in this post are geared toward families with children, they are completely relevant to partnerships, and any group who calls themselves a family.

    Here are some basic rules and guidelines for a successful family dinner:

    1. Make the family table a safe haven. Whenever possible, make it a judgment-free zone.  The goal is for all family members to look forward to sharing meals together.  It is a time to unwind from the stressors and pressure of the outside world.  Your children, spouse, even you, are more likely to share and communicate if you feel safe.
    2. Really listen. Listen to what is being said, what is not being said and what is trying to be said.
    3. Absolutely NO distractions. No phones, no technology, no television in the background.  Nothing but food, family and flowers if you choose.
    4. Start with a prayer, grace or intention for the meal. Regardless of religious beliefs, gratitude is universal.  If this is completely uncomfortable for your family or off-limits, then say your own silent appreciation for the meal and your family.
    5. Invite laughter to the table as often as possible. Everyone loves to laugh. It provides a common connection that can cross boundaries that may be difficult to bridge in any other way.
    6. Try to set a predictable schedule so family members can begin to anticipate these meal times. Whether you join a family table once a week or every day of the week, try to get everyone on the same page in terms of time, place and expectations.
    7. While there will be times when a specific topic must be discussed, try to keep the meal time agenda-free, allowing for organic, natural conversation to evolve. I know some of you, especially with teens, or uncommunicative partners, are full-on rolling your eyes and envisioning monk-silent meals. I get it.  Here are some tips for navigating the rockier shores:

      1. Make yourself the sacrificial lamb. If there is silence or you feel a coup is in the works, share something about your day.  Be vulnerable.  Something embarrassing happen in your day?  Share it.  Did you lose your patience with someone or something? If so, tell the story.  Then sit back and see what happens.  All of a sudden you will hear your child talk about the teacher in her favorite class today or her tumble down the stairs in front of everyone. 
      2. Skip the open-ended questions that only lead to frustration for all involved. “How was your day?  What did you do today?”.  Stop yourself and ask something totally unexpected.  Show them you know them or their world and really care about what they have to say. 
      3. Still really stumped. Order one of these: http://www.tabletopics.com. Pull one out, start asking.  Some of our best dinners have centered on one of these questions.  Lots of free question lists on the internet too! 
      4. Play Would You Rather and be as funny, outrageous, silly or serious as your family table warrants. Most children seem to love this game and it is one where everyone can participate.
      5. Let each family member choose the menu on a given night.
      6. Make a family member choose one item for dinner that they have never tried before and serve it up!
      7. No matter what, do not give up and do not despair. Even the most defiant, sarcastic teen wants to be loved and craves your undivided attention, even if they have strange ways of showing it.
      8. Know that they will remember these times together and these experiences will shape how they create a future family table with their own children.

    It would be wonderful if even a few readers bring the family table into their home life as a regular practice, or even use this encouragement to tune your table time up a notch or two.  If you are already eating together as a family on regular basis and have tips or ideas to share, we would love to hear from you. Family meals and sharing this time together are important.  However you decide to interpret the family table, the only request is that you try it.  For you and for your family.