Sunday, June 30, 2013

Feature in 'Miss Millennia' Magazine!!

I have been featured in 'Miss Millennia' magazine!  So exciting!  This magazine is written by women, for women!  It is all about empowering women to be the best that they can be!  Please check out the article and see just where we have come from as a business!  Have a great night!


Tuesday, June 25, 2013

New Dip Mixes!! And a 4th of July Special!!

Just in time for 4th of July!!  Two new dip mixes and a 4th of July Special!!  Sun Dried Tomato and Basil Dip Mix and Mexicali Dip Mix!!  One of my followers Sarah F inspired the Mexicali one!!  As for the Sun Dried Tomato - Basil, that has been in the works for some time and it is finally ready!  Both of these are salt free as well but full of flavor!!

Our 4th of July Special is local only though (sorry about that!).  We are doing this special to help kind of 'get rid of' the 'small' 1oz tubes of the bug repellent tubes that we have so we can move on to new 2oz tubes!!  How awesome is that?!  I finally found 2oz tubes!! Cost of the 2oz tubes will be only a little more but last much longer!  Just $8.00!!  We only have 13 tubes of the 1oz left!  We will also have these for the lotion bars and they will be $8.50.  So, what is the special?  1 bug repellent, 1 lip balm, 1 four oz spice jar (except cinna-sub), and one dip mix all for $12!!  That is a savings of $3!!

We will be at Forest Lake Farmer's Market on Wednesday on Beltline Blvd from 3pm to 7pm tomorrow, at Lake Carolina's Farmer's Market (Northeast Farmer's Market) from 3pm to 7pm on Thursday, and Soda City on Main St on Saturday!  Get this special while it lasts!!  As soon as the 1oz jars are gone, so is the special!!

Have a great night everyone!!

What's the difference between a Nurse Practitioner and a Physician's Assistant?


I was asked this question yesterday and it was actually a question on my comprehensive examination to 'pass' to graduate with my Master's Degree education at the University of South Carolina in Columbia, SC.  But, more important is why is this important?  It's important in knowing 'who' you are seeing as a provider.  There is so much controversy in healthcare these days you really need to know who your provider is when you walk in that door to see them.  I will start off with an explanation of the various fields by defining each one.

Nurse - there are so many 'types' of nurses it isn't even funny!  That 'nurse' they may be calling may not in fact even be a nurse.  It could be certified nursing assistant, a medical assistant, a LPN, an RN, a BSN, an NP, or a doctorate prepared nurse!  See what I mean now?  So, let's go through each of those.

  CNA - Certified Nursing Assistant is a one year program that teaches someone to do basic skills as an 'assistant' to the nurse.  They provide 'basic healthcare needs' such as bathing, ambulation, and general activities of daily living in a variety of settings under the direction of an LPN or RN.  More often they work in nursing homes, individual homes or hospitals.

CMA/MA - A Certified Medical Assistant is also a one year program that teaches someone to do basic office care skills for duties in a doctors office under the direction of an LPN or RN.  They can do phlebotomy, injections, and more depending on the setting and the guidelines set forth by the physician in the practice.  In some settings such as Community Health Care Clinics their duties may be limited or even in some states.

LPN/LVN - Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse - A one to two year program (typically) that has more skills than that of an CNA/CMA but less than an RN.  They provide basic care at a range of levels under the direction of an RN.  With advance training they can even start IV's (intravenous fluids), assist with procedures, and do further duties under the direction of the physician.

RN - Registered Nurse - A two to four year program and has passed a licensing exam to be a registered nurse.  They have some of the greatest responsibility and are often in charge of other nursing staff.  They often assist in coordinating care, monitoring patients and more.  Many of these nurses can advance their degree's with a Bachelor's degree (BSN) and with further degree's (Master's degree or higher) can hold advanced practice as an CNS (Clinical Nursing Specialist), NP (Nurse Practitioner), CNM (Nurse Midwife) and even CRNA (Nurse Anesthetist).  Lastly is the PhD or ND (Doctor of Philosophy or Nursing Doctorate).  Most of those with advanced degrees are board certified in their area of specialty and there are numerous areas of specialty including family practice, pediatrics, women's health, psychiatry, geriatrics, emergency care, and more.  Advanced practice nurses are trained under the nursing model and are often autonomous in practice and do not need the physician on site to practice if they are in a state that requires physician collaboration.  Many states do not have physician collaboration requirements.  The areas are boundless!  Board Certification is required for Advanced Practice with continuing education to be renewed to continue licensure every five years.  Advanced Practice nurses can receive reimbursement for services and most have DEA (Drug Enforcement Administration) numbers to prescribe prescriptions when necessary (depending on the state).  Laws for Advance Practice vary from state to state.

PA - Physician's Assistant - Many states still have a Bachelor's degree requirement though that is changing to a Master's degree.  PA's work under the guidelines of a physician regardless of the state they work in.  Some states they can work without a physician on the premises, however it depends on the length of time in which they have been working and which state they are in.  They are trained under the medical model.  All PA's require physician supervision.  Continuing education and retesting for board certification is required every six years.  DEA numbers are that of the physician that they work for.  Laws for PA's also vary from state to state.  PA's also can work in a variety of settings including physician offices, emergency rooms, hospitals, and more.

So, major differences between a PA and NP - training/education, supervision, and autonomy.  Each is described above.  The choice is yours.

Thursday, June 13, 2013

More Proof GMO's are bad for our guts!

Another Facebook page I follow posted the link for this article and I thank them for that.  I've seen the photos of these animals before, but not about what it specifically does to the gut.  GMO's (Genetically Modified Organisms) are bad news for all of us.  As crops they destroy the environment by putting pesticides into the soil, destroy our honeybee population, and cross-pollinate into non-GMO crops; as 'feed' they destroy our animals by weakening their immune systems, making them sick, and destroying their reproductive organisms; and as 'food' for us, they basically do the same to us as it does to the animals (and more!).

Please don't believe me, read the article and see the evidence for yourself.  Be forewarned though, the photos are graphic!  This is what Monsanto, the FDA and the Food Industry is trying to HIDE from all of us!!  They just don't want anyone to know but we're learning and they're being found out!  Other countries REQUIRE labeling or BAN these practices!!  Why doesn't the United States?  It all boils down to the old fashioned dollar!  Demand labeling!  Demand these practices stop, and stop now!  Read on.....

GMO feed turns pig stomachs to mush! Shocking photos reveal severe damage caused by GM soy and corn

Saturday, June 8, 2013

New Give-A-Way

So close to 1,000 likes on Facebook and who get's rewarded?  You do!  Go to our Give-a-way page for all the details!  Photo to follow soon!  L'Ecuyer's Give-A-Way

Saturday, June 1, 2013

New Products just for Summer!!

Hate bugs? I sure do!  But I hate chemicals even more!  Mosquito's sure love to bite me and I hate using those 'chemically smelling' and chemical laden bug repellents!  Now, you don't have to!  I have been using natural 'bug repellents' and 'critter repellents' in my gardens for years so I set out to find a wonderful and natural bug repellent to offer to all of you!  A wonderful coconut oil and candelilla wax lotion bar infused with all natural essential oils to keep those pesky critters away!!

When I was testing the fragrance combinations I approached my puppies with them and they sure ran! LOL!  It does NOT smell bad, they just don't like the fragrances!  I have these 'plants' in my garden bordering it and I have NOT had any difficulty this year with bugs or critters eating my crops!  So, what essential oils are we using?  Citronella, clove, eucalyptus, tea tree, and rosemary!  It's blended to smell oh so light!  Visit our Body Care page to order!!

We also have a new and refreshing Body Spray in Eucalyptus Spearmint and a wonderful Coconut Oil Orange Sugar Scrub!  So enriching for the skin!  Enjoy your summer!!