The Beatles

beatles 1Sir Ringo… being fashionably late, 21 years after his fellow Beatles Paul McCartney received his knighthood, Richard Starkey (the beloved Ringo Starr) was knighted by Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, at Buckingham Palace. The former Beatles drummer was awarded this honor due to his services to music and his charitable work in the UK. Some could ask what use these titles are, but there is a lot there. The title isn’t just conferred on anyone. If you are a Brit who has received a knighthood, you are allowed to use the title “Sir” or “Dame” in front of your name. Others may use an acronym. though the public usually adds the “Sir” title anyway, even though it is not the proper way of naming the individual.

What is it about knighthood anyway? Knights haven’t been around in about, oh, 600 years or so. And yet, we keep this tradition alive. And by “we”, I mean British people, of which I am not a member, so saying “we” is kind of neither here nor there. But regardless, Ringo was knighted by the Prince and joked around, saying he was going to wear the insignia at breakfast. He told reporters that he didn’t really know what to do with the title, but he expressed hope that they would.

There are only two Beatles left alive in their physical. Sirs Paul and Richard will continue the traditions of old, and carry the torch of knighthood. Both received their knighthood for services to the United Kingdom’s pop culture and music, and because of their great britainvarious charitable causes. Being knighted, however, does not grant the person a place in line for the throne. In olden days, when most knights were noblemen, they would be in line to succeed the King. Nowadays, there are 56 people in line for the throne after The Queen Mum, and Ringo and Paul are not among them. Although, I am sure that many people in the UK won’t mind seeing a Beatle reign over the kingdom.

Leonard Cohen wasn’t knighted, which is a shame. I am not comparing one artist to the other, but I am just saying that I feel he should have been considered. Sir Leonard Cohen just rolls off the tongue. Ah well, Cohen is dead, and Ringo Starr and Paul McCartney will also follow in his footsteps someday. It is the way of all things. Everything that lives, dies.

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Alternative Medicine

alternative medicine 1 Plant medicine has been getting a bad rap. And why? Probably because certain pharmaceutical companies want you to continue buying their pills. Now, look. Obviously, western medicine has a ton of merit. It saves so many lives on a daily basis, and in many cases it is even able to guarantee some kind of quality of life along with it.

However, we need to remember that the source of most – though not all – of this high tech, new wave, laser beam medicine is plants, shrubs, oils, and the like. To call this approach, these ancient techniques, alternative medicine, is pretty much saying that the primary form of medication in the world is western, and that is simply not true.

If there was one thing which I could say it is that even for those who swear by modern medical science, there are time where western medicine ends where alternative medicine just begins. The more holistic approach to the human alternativemedicinebody. The ability to understand that the mind is also something to consider, and then some, is a great realization. If there is something which will stay constant, it is that sacred connection between the mind and the body.

Many times, though not always, MDs tend to act more as a reactive medical staff, rather than preventive. This has to do with the approach to sickness and disease, and to health and wellness. This is why there are so many people out there who are swearing by acupuncture, essential oils, massages, and yoga. If you are not one of those people, that is quite alright. It is not for everyone. Some people are more into the science, and less into the ancient texts and wisdom’s. There is nothing wrong with that.  Many times, you need to believe in that “alternative” choice you are making.

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The Healthy Product Craze

tea tree 6 My girlfriend popped over to my house ranting and raving about this new product she tried. You
see my friend had the best job. She worked for a holistic company that sold everything from
Aloe Vera to the latest in Vitamin supplements – and the best thing about it she was the gunny
pig! Her official title was Product Tester. When she first got the job, I was like “so let me get this
straight, they give you all the latest and newest in health products to try, you try them and then
get to blog about them, is that right?”. She was like “Yep and you get to try them too!”. We hi
fived like we were in junior school and danced around my bedroom waiting to try all these
goodies out.

So basically we are a few months in and now her bedroom and my bedroom likes like some
teenagers bedroom that couldn’t be bothered to clean up yet instead of it being filled with
magazines and left-overs, it’s now filled up with Vitamins, organic creams, make-up, shampoos,
conditioners, body-butters, Aloe Vera this, Aloe Vera that – you name it. Kelly ran into my room
and told me to try this. She held up a bottle of Maple Holistics Tea Tree oil Shampoo and said
“get a load of this girl”. She said it was amazing, that it made her head tingle and was one of the
best products she had ever tried. She was literally ranting and raving about it telling me I had to
try it and that she had an extra bottle for me! I was so excited. I had just finished the bottle of
Sage Shampoo she had recently left me with and that was pretty great so if this was even better
then, I was getting myself into that shower the minute she left!tea-tree-oil 1
Kelly said she had been trying it for a week now and that she was excited to get into the shower
just so she could use it! I was like “ok girl, its just shampoo!”… But she was like “no Jess, you
know when you run out the house with wet hair its windy and you get a whiff of your shampoo
and it smells so fresh”, I was like “yeah ok in some T.V commercial” – in which she then punched
my slightly on my arm, “ I was like yeah ok”… she said “well this Shampoo is like that but its
better, it makes your hair all tingly and it just feels really really clean and you get that whole
whiff in the wind kind of feeling”. So after I slightly vomited from her Hallmark description, I was
like ok I am gonna give this a try and see if its everything it’s cracked up to be!
So here I am, Tea Tree Shampoo in one hand and shower handle in the other. I am ready to take
on this baby and see if it’s the best Shampoo I’ve ever tried!

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Paul Mitchell Tea Tree Shaping Cream

tea tree 4I am digging Australia big time. First off, I recently started dating this amazing girl from Sydney. Second, I have discovered tea tree essential oil. These are two amazing discoveries. I love them both, but in very different ways.

Paul Mitchell has a whole range of products with tea tree in them. Tea tree essential oil is one of the best things to ever happen to my shower routine, and I cannot get enough of this thing. I use it as a standalone to fight nits and dandruff. I use it heal cuts I get when I work (I lug equipment for a sound and lighting company, and that means my skin gets hurt sometimes). I use it to make my beard smell awesome, along with some olive oil and peppermint.

So, Paul Mitchell. Obviously I had heard of him and his stuff before, butfor some weird reason I never used his tea tree stuff. These are products that I shoulda coulda woulda been using years ago, I feel. But oh well, all good things come to those who wait, and who take risks. Those are the words that complete that adage, by the way. Who dares wins, right?

Okay, so a shaping cream was recently acquired by yours truly, and I am loving it. This tea tree shaping cream was reviewed by Maple Holisitics. The guys at that site gave it a good, balanced review. They took things into account – price effectiveness, etc. – and they said to go for it. I tend to agree with them.

Now, what does it do? Well, it gives you a nice finish for times when you are on the go. This is what I use it for. If I want to leave my house and know that I look good – I use it. It helps the hairtea tree 5 stick and stay in the position I want, and that is important to me sometimes. I carry all kinds of gear, and I don’t want to have to constantly mess with my hair. It is a styling cream that doesn’t feel like a styling cream. I mean it feels good going on and coming off.

There are a few downsides. It doesn’t last as long as I would like. I mean, maybe I am exspecting too much, because it is relatively expensive. But I don’t feel I am. If I am able to wait and get it for a cheaper price, I think I will. Another thing is that you have to use a really small amount, otherwise it does feel like an oldschool styling gel and I don’t like that at all. I don’t like the greasiness, and I don’t like the whole process. One of the things that review said, by the way, is that it is not as effective with longer hair. I mean, I tend to agree, but it works for me, and I am happy with my choice. Maybe I am an exception. Not sure.

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Purple For Your Hair

How Purple Shampoo Works On Blonde And Grey Hair - Photography by Angel Jordan

Not everyone is gifted enough to be a natural blonde, but guess what. It’s not the Stone Age anymore and we aren’t limited by such petty technicalities. A simple trip to the salon and you are blonde as Pamela Anderson. Yes, I am aware that it can be done at home too, but we all have enough horror stories to scare you off from ever doing that.

Now your blonde beauty like all other investments and projects will require some upkeep. Two words for you, darling. “Purple shampoo” by Maple Holistics. Let me tell you how I got turned on to the stuff myself. Yes, I too wasn’t born blonde but they do say blondes have more fun and I always liked fun so I felt like I was certain to handle the adjustment without a problem. First time I did it I was a complete rookie and it showed in my hair, yikes. I went to the local drug store and picked out the box with the pretty blonde on it, thinking that was all I’d need. While checking out the cashier inquired if I had ever done this before and not wanting to sound like a newbie I insisted that of course I had. She asked if I had purple shampoo at home. “Purple shampoo?” I thought, confused. What does this woman want from me and my shampoos? So I answered the way anyone would, with a bold faced lie. Of course I have Purple shampoo, I’ve been using it over years. “Okay honey no need to jump down my throat, just asking”.

Feeling a bit embarrassed I muttered a quick apology as I stuffed my items in a bag and began heading for the door. I was still wondering about purple shampoo and promised myself I would do a little research when I had the chance but I didn’t think too much more on the topic of purple shampoo or orange shampoo or any other color for that matter. The only color that mattered to me at that instant was the color of the sun on a July day. I went home and immediately got started on my project of becoming super model blonde. The process went as well as any home session of the sort could and I thought that I had it all figured out, I had become a blonde. About a day or two later however, much to my surprise and chagrin I began noticing changes in my hair. It was yellow, no not blonde. YELLOW. I almost lost myself after the discovery. What was this? How was this possible? What on god’s green earth was I going to do about it? I forced calm upon myself and began to think. I remembered the cashier’s words about Purple Shampoo and went to my MacBook to check the stuff up. Right after I typed in Purple Shampoo my fears began to assuage. There was a solution and it was readily available. I went out to get my Purple Shampoo but there was no way I was going back to the first drug store on the chance that cashier was there. Now the one thing about Purple shampoo is that it doesn’t always smell the best. A small price to pay for keeping me blonde.

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Glocks and Socks


When you go out and you want to get a new gun, whether you are a beginner or an experienced gun user, there are plenty of stuff to consider. Whether or not you want something for concealed carry or for the range, whether or not you want a glock-17-vs-glock-19 pistol or a shotgun, home defense or hunting. I mean, these are all things that I considered when I went out to get my first gun, and I only really managed to pick one based on what other people had been telling me. I mean, if the gun shop owner wasn’t so friendly, I might have either made a very bad purchase, or I might have chickened out altogether. Although I managed to pull through and actually managed to make the purchase, it was pretty nerve wracking. So in order to help out all those beginners, I thought I would try and write just a really small guide to help them. Basically, what I’m going to be talking about today is pistols, more specifically Glocks. Why Glocks? Because Glocks are nice, solid handguns. Despite all these “Glock is made of plastic” memes, you will not actually find a producer that makes so consistently high quality guns and solid frames. But which Glock to get? Well, the .45 is a favorite of mine, but that’s a little caliber for people just starting out, so I would suggest using a 9mm instead. Sure you lose out on stopping power, but you get bigger magazines, and more chances is what beginners need, not stronger hits. Out of the 9mm guns offered by Glock, I would have to say that the Glock 19 and Glock 17 (Gunivore) are definitely the frontrunners. The Glock 19 is a compact version of the Glock 17, and that means that they’re extremely similar, but the Glock 19 is smaller than the Glock 17. This difference of size between the Glock 17 and the Glock 19  manifests itself in two main ways. The magazine size on the Glock 19 is smaller than that on the Glock 17, which is the first major difference. The second is the weight of the gun. Due to being smaller, the Glock 19 also weighs less than the Glock 17, and while you may think that such a small difference in weight has no bearing on the shooting, it really does. In order to shoot the pistols, you will need to hold it up for extended periods of time, and anything that makes that easier definitely needs to be taken into account.

In fact, in almost every other category there are no major differences between the Glock 19 and the Glock 17. Even with the magazine difference, you can still use the larger magazine in the Glock 19, despite its height being made for the Glock 17. So even that isn’t that much of a big deal. At the end of the day, it really comes down to personal preference, although technically the Glock 19 is a better concealed carry weapon than the Glock 17, as it is smaller and thus easier to conceal.

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KSG – A Whole Lot Of Fire Power

Gun grips are important but what really peaks my interest is shotguns! The Kel-Tec KSG was introduced in 2011, and it really made a difference in the way people view shotguns. Kel-Tec was founded in the early 1990’s, and in the mid-1990’s it began to manufacture firearms.

The KSG (Kel-Tec Shotgun) is one of the most versatile and user-friendly shotguns around. It has a bullpup design, so there is relatively less weight. The shotgun itself is also made of very lightweight materials, which add to its functionality and versatility. It is an ambidextrous design, and it utilizes a dual tube and barrel system.ksg for your

This allows a shooter to use different kinds of cartridges in both tubes, although it may not be the best thing to do, unless you seriously train that way. When you are under fire or under pressure (or, quite superfluously, both!) you don’t want to start thinking of what kind of ammo you put where.

2 Chambers, 7 Shells in Each

The two tubes hold up to 7 shells in each, and there is the option of having another shell in the chamber. So, 15 rounds altogether, which should be plenty for any standard encounter. For shootouts, however, things may be different. A shooter can toggle between tubes, using a selector switch. The one main drawback which the KSG has to be its reloading time, which – depending on your proficiency – may take considerable seconds, causing you to take cover and stay out of sight as you load.

And speaking of shootouts, the KSG also has two separate subtypes: patrol and tactical. Both of those models are meant for law enforcement or military use. Their barrels are significantly shorter, effectively turning them into a short-barreled shotgun (SBS). There are different laws and regulations regarding SBSs, and they vary greatly from one state to another. Make sure you stay within the confines of the local laws, and remember that “ignorance of the law excuses no one from compliance therewith.”

Some specifics for the standard KSG:

Weapon length – 26.1 inches

Barrel length – 18.5 inches

Weight – 6.9 lb.

Height – 7 inches

The KSG can be used by left-handed and right-handed shooters. It comes with 2 MIL-STD-1913 picatinny rails, located on the top and bottom. This makes the Kel-Tec shotgun perfect for personalizing and accessorizing. Now, I don’t believe in overdoing anything, and that includes customization. You still want it to function like a weapon should, after all, and that may not happen if you have tons of things on top of its main configuration. But, I will say that there is definitely room for improvement. Making a shotgun, or any other firearm really, more personal, is something I am for. It means that when you need it, you will (hopefully) have your training and your acquired instincts to facilitate the successful use of this (or any other) weapon. This is why training is so important.ksg blasting

A brand new Kel-Tec KSG will run about $900 or slightly more. Kel-Tec sell different accessories from their site, and one of the most popular modifications is that of the selector switch. Using a larger switch helps you toggle between tubes, and that is a wonderful addition to the already-awesome KSG. There aren’t too many people talking about this gun online but I did happen to find a pretty good review on Check it out for more info!


Get A Grip On Your Gun

Although it’s important to me to live a natural life it doesn’t only extend to what I put in and on my body. I am a complex person and have many facets to my life. You’d be surprised to hear that I spent time in the military. Having a solid grip on your handgun can make all the difference in the world. The range is like a warm fuzzy bed, compared to real life. If you are in a situation when you need to draw and fire, then you need to make sure your grip is tight. There are many ways of achieving that, and that is what I will lay down today.running into battle

You don’t really know how you will react in a life-threatening situation, until you are there. It is the ancient “fight or flight” model, and it is true. In my time in the army, I saw people who choked when it was necessary to act. I saw others, who you wouldn’t think of as being too “badass”, take point and storm, right alongside their brothers in arms. You never know until you are there. And once you find yourself running and returning fire, you need to do it with confidence.

Getting A Good Grip

Civilian life is not the army, but these principles do apply. You need to have a solid grip, and a confident attitude. Many gun carriers choose to stipple their grips, or add external grips (like TALON or Robar) to their handgun. It can make a big difference, particularly for those who are not comfortable with their factory grips.

I am going to be talking about the Glock handgun (specifically, the model 19, 9mm compact). Glock’s factory grips are okay for some, but there are those who feel they have to add a grip. This really is very subjective, and it depends on the kind of Glock Generation, since some have finger grooves and grip textures, etc.

If you feel you need more confidence in your grip, you can either stipple the grip yourself with a soldering iron, or have it done professionally by someone else. You can also use an inner tube from a bicycle and shrink it with heat. Whatever fits your own hand’s mold the best – that is what you should go for. Or, if you are happy with your factory grip, good for you.robar

Take into account that when you do need to fire, conditions may not resemble those of a firing range. In fact, you can pretty much bet that it will be absolutely nothing like the firing range. Your hands may be sweaty, or covered in rain, or mud, or blood. You may be shaking from the tension, or experiencing some kind of other physical symptom. It happens. I have seen it happen more than once.

This is precisely the reason why grips like TALON (my personal favorite is the granulate kind) were invented. It gives the shooter an extra edge, because you never know when you are going to need to fire. TALONs go on easy, and are effective and relatively inexpensive.

You could have the world’s best handgun in your possession, but it is only as good as the hand that is gripping it. Do it any way you want, use whatever brand you like – but make sure that one way or another, your hand is sitting tight on that weapon. It could mean your ass.

Why I Use Purple Shampoo

long blonde hairBeing raised In a hippy household meant that we grew our hair long and listened to some great music. There is a much-loved Frank Zappa song titled “The Purple Lagoon”. I think of that little ditty pretty often. Just about any time I apply purple shampoo to my hair. I open that bottle cap, and the opening guitar riff just plays in my head, seemingly out of nowhere.

Much like Zappa himself, purple shampoo is a miracle worker. It is designed for those of us who “suffer” from overly-yellow tones taking over our lighter hair. Brassy tones can appear in blonde hair once a dye job is starting to fade, or when your hair is in the sun for too long a time.

Regardless, one day you wake to find that the yellow is beginning to take over. Getting your hair redone is not always the greatest option, for a variety of reasons, so the best thing to do is to start using purple shampoo.

What is purple shampoo?

Essentially, it is a shampoo which has in it purple color agents, and those are used to “hide” the brassy yellow color. This is achieved because yellow and purple are on opposite sides of the color range. Thus, when one is applied to the other, they cancel each other out, leaving your hair lighter.

You need to be careful, though, because purple shampoo is, well, purple. It may stain any clothing or towels which it encounters, so you have to be prepared.

The recommended method of use for this kind of shampoo, is to apply twice in succession. Once for 5-10 minutes, and then, after rinsing, re-apply for a shorter period of time. Don’t overuse the shampoo, though. It should not be used daily, because if overused it can seep into the hair and dye it purple. Unless that is your goal – and, I assure you, I will have nothing but respect for you if it is – you should avoid using it more than once a week. Twice, max.

blondes do have more funSo, is the age-old idiom true? Do blondes have more fun? The answer is yes. A resounding yes. Heck – we even get to put purple shampoo in our hair. Take that, world!

Purple shampoo, people. I have a feeling that Zappa would approve. Check out another great purple shampoo article I found here and

Why You Should Only Use Natural

Hippy FamI grew up in a hippy household. For those of you who don’t know what that means I’ll explain. My parents were all about sharing and caring for each other and the environment. That meant growing our own food from fruits to vegetables. It also meant wearing clothes made out of organic material like hemp or flax. Lastly we used mostly natural soaps and household cleaners that were made out of organic natural chemicals that were and are safe for the environment.

To say the least I was indoctrinated in the life of living a natural life. This to me was and is a blessing. I have found a greater appreciation for the people and the world around me. It enables me to feel closer to our mother earth and my fellow man.

One of my favorite natural products are essential oils. People tend to look over the natural healing properties of essential oils. Aromatherapy is based on these properties, that certain oils react with our bodies and brains in certain ways creating a positive effect. For instance lavender oil is one of the most well-known oils. It’s famous for its ability to relieve stress and give the user an overall sense of wellbeing.

I use lavender oil in many different ways. My favorite use is to put a couple of drops into a running bath. The running water acts like a waterfall and mixes in the oil filling the bathroom with the amazing scent of lavender.

power of oilsThere are so many other great essential oils such as rosemary, jojoba, and argan oils. They all do amazing things for your body, hair and mind. But essential oils aren’t the only natural product I like to use. Most people don’t realize the amount of harmful chemicals their shampoo’s and hand soaps have. These chemicals are not only harmful to our health but to our environment. That is why I love to go to my local market and buy homemade soaps form friends I trust. I know that they only use the best and the safest ingredients.

So you can see why I’ve started a site called It’s the way I was raised but even further It’s the way I lead my life and I want to share my knowledge with all of you!