Taking my transformation to the next level!


“Beauty awakens the soul to act.” – Dante Algheri

After I started taking care of my body – eating right and exercising, my confidence began to sky rocket. I started to feel more like myself again and more capable in this world. I was no longer just a mom – bound to my home to cook, clean and run errands…I was also doing something for me and I never felt better.

Until yesterday!

It keeps getting better. This journey is amazing.

To be completely honest with you, prior to this makeover – I had the attitude of  “What’s the point of wearing make-up? I am a single mom, I am busy, I workout, I already feel good about myself – blah blah blah.” Excuses. Plain excuses. We all make them.

We also have the power to over come them :-)!

I was set in my comfort zone in the beauty realm and finally dug deep for the courage to change that. It was so much easier than I thought!

I went to our team member, Angel Goa, for a makeover. Here is a “before” and “after” photo. I purposefully put a large image in so you can see the difference and how natural everything looks afterwards. No filter and in bright daylight!

Before and after

This first photo was taken after Angel cleansed my face. After this she applied a mask and the results were amazing! It was like I was glowing! Then we went into the make-over. She applied natural make up on my face and taught me how to do this. I am – or let me rephrase – I was absolutely CLUELESS about the make up process.

Angel is amazing! Not only is she exceptionally capable of giving you the look you are seeking – she is an excellent teacher. She  empowers you with the tips, tricks and tools for you to do this at home – every day. After some practice for a complete newbie like me, I can see that this can be done in ten minutes or less. It’s so nice to be able to know how to change your look too! From more natural to let’s go and get sexy! This is so much fun!

Being around Angel is a gift in itself. Her presence and angelic attitude is life changing in itself.

The way I felt afterwards was beyond words. I had an extra pep to my step! My spirit and soul were soaring and dancing! This was the wake up call that I needed – to realize that I was in denial that I wanted to enhance my beauty. And there is nothing wrong with wanting to be beautiful – and taking the steps to do something about it.

It’s called self-love and self-care – and it’s the most empowering feeling ever.

With much love & gratitude,


PS. Because I don’t have much make-up at home (goes to show how little I have been working on this aspect of myself) – I picked up some goodies at Angel’s! It’s so fun to have new goodies to play with. If you have your own make up and tools, she can teach you how to use them to enhance your beauty.



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Silvoplee – a veggie lover’s paradise in Helsinki!

My plate :-)!

When I walked into Silvoplee in Helsinki, I was really amazed. I had eaten there many times over the years and somehow forgot about the buffet style cafe over the last year.

A vegetarian's paradise!

A vegetarian’s paradise!

The restaurant has really transformed itself to truly reflect what it has to offer – fresh, pure, delicious, raw and cooked vegetarian foods.

And you don’t need to be a vegetarian to enjoy this place. It’s a place for anyone who wants something bright and healthy.

I am so delighted that Helsinki is starting to pick up on the need for healthier dining options.

Finding such options was one my biggest struggles when first moving here over five years ago.

Coming from California – one may see how frustrating this could be ;-)!

The availability of healthy (or even healthier) dining options was limited just as truly healthy food was. That is slowly changing.

And it’s about time.

The buffet options change daily and you pay according to the weight of your food.

photo 4 Silvoplee buffet.


My plate :-)!

My plate :-)!They also have raw desserts, juices and other sweet treats available.

They also have raw desserts, juices and other sweet treats available.

I had to try one of these and went for the raw carrot cake. Made of dates, cashews, almonds, raisins and carrots – this nutrient dense dessert just hit the spot!

Silvoplee raw carrot cake

You know what the most amazing thing is? You just FEEL GREAT when you are finished eating! The food is just THAT GOOD!

I still prefer cooking most meals at home, however – there are days when I really just want something different and I don’t want to mess with the kitchen!

And it’s days like that I will visit Silvoplee again!


Have a great day all! Much love and goodness to you!


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