This is not a big earth shattering post...I burned the side of my hand this morning while cooking up some omelets for us...but it was a very hot skillet and I got the side of my thumb pretty good (bad). And what did I do? I went old school and went straight out to the porch and cut me a stem off my aloe vera plant.
First let me say, if you don't have a pot of this growing in your home then go out and buy one ASAP. They are happy little plants that are hearty and easy to grow. And they multiply like crazy. This little guy in the lower right of the picture was left out in the sunshine for too long and we just knew he was done for! Not true! We brought him inside for a couple weeks...watered him and put him close to some of our other healthy plants and look how healthy he is now! (Look I don't have kids or pets due to our nomadic lifestyle...I love plants. Don't judge...)
So if your grandmother never showed you how to use aloe straight from the plant, it goes like this. The old wives tale is -- the plant will tell you which stem it is offering. Never take the biggest one or the smallest one. Take a moment to look and you will see which one to take. With sharp scissors make a clean cut on your plant. At this point you want to make sure the area for application on your skin is clean and dry. You need to open up the stem and get the "goodie" out. We always just use our nails to open the plant up. Working from the small part of the stem downward to our cut, just open it up. I flatten the stem out flat - sort of creating a surface with the gel exposed and apply the gel right on to the affected area. Some people sort of squish it out of the stem like a tube of toothpaste. Whatever works for you. The goal is just to get a good amount of gel on the burn. It is going to be runny and sort of gross but just go with it. It is worth it. Viola'!
So what is so special about aloe? Well turns out it was given as a burial gift the Egyptian Pharaohs and was referred to as the plant of immortality...many people even drink the stuff for weight loss and other health benies. Depending on what you read it is either really good for you or could cause cancer...This is why we need to teach critical thinking in school....You decide for yourself...You can learn more about that here or read this interesting article here. Drinking it is not for me...boogers...
#stayhealthy #healthyactors #aleoiloveyou
What is it like to be married to an actor? Well I will say it is a hell of a lot easier if you yourself are an actor too! We have had the good fortune to not only share this journey together as performing artists but we are often cast in the same show and this summer we have had the unique experience of playing in 2 2-handers together! The show is 3 one acts and we are in 2 & 3. As we embark upon closing weekend, here are the highlights of this most special experience!
1) Memorizing lines in our PJ's
2) Coming into the rehearsal space surrounded by art easels complete with classical music playing in the background (the space doubles as an art studio!)
3) Sushi lunch breaks & AEA HEALTH WEEKS
4) Snuggled up on the antique loveseat (old set dressing) backstage running lines before we go on (gross I know)
5) Backstage Blue Light dancing to no music
6) Quick kiss & "see ya on the ice" before lights up.
7) FIRSTS -- I left my sweet husband on stage ALONE on final dress (invited audience) while I dealt with a costume malfunction - think "Ms. Jackson if your nasty..." LOL
8) British/Cockney dialects and quick changes
9) Doorknobs, olives, biscuits, break away wedding dress, coffee on wedding dress, ripped suit jackets, umbrellas, Tammy Faye Baker mascara...
10) Laughing audiences!
2 more performances! Thanks #TheatreConspiracy We have had a grand ole time! xo
So much to talk about...but I have been testing out Neal's Yard Remedies Wild Rose Beauty Balm and Rose Facial Oil so I gotta tell ya what I think...
Both products smell amazingly beautiful. Like a dressing room filled with fresh roses -- not the stinky musty kind that your lame dressing room-mates "forget" to throw out until closing weekend. I digress...
The Wild Rose Beauty Balm is the winner for me. I hear that this product is a customer favorite and I can certainly see why. It is a thick balm that can be used in a variety of ways: as a " Get yours here at: us.nyrorganic.com/shop/mandyhays
So here is one that I did not expect to be writing anytime soon but here it is...Spider Veins...
So I was pleased to learn while reading SpiderVein.org (like ya do) that this a problem for not only for Kim Kardashian but for many women, as early as in their 20's -- especially woman who are on their feet a lot and wear heels. OK so that about sums it up, actors! Spider veins heading your way. Watch out Neal Patrick, you may not only be walking away from Hedwig with a Tony but with some spider veins. Of course heredity, age, hormones, medication all that good stuff goes into as well. But I like to think it is the heels and the cement rehearsal room floors.
Spider Veins are not something that I have given a second thought to honesty until about a week ago. I woke up one morning and my knees were hurting. Specifically behind my right knee. Granted I am rehearsing right now & in heels. But I woke up and was like, "Hm, what the hell?" So I look in the mirror and sure enough behind my right knee I see the faint traces of some blue/purple lines. Not cute. And not fun. So I pulled out my oils. Lemon & Lemongrass.
Lemon essential oil is a tonic for circulatory issues and since spider veins are a result of dilated veins. Lemongrass is great oil for anti-inflammtory so I thought let's give it a try. Long story short= I have been using 2-3 drops of each oil along with my coconut oil concentrating on the areas behind and the knee. Sweet relief already! I will keep you posted if those little babies start to disappear. Some folks claim that use of the oils actually lessen the appearance...Stay tuned for that.
Other folks have used these oils for spider veins/varicose veins: Cypress, Lavender, Cedar, Frankincense, Geranium, Chamomile, Tea tree, Lemon, Lemongrass, Lime, Rosemary, Palmarosa, Marjoram, Ginger, Yarrow, Carrot seed, Juniper, Helichrysum, Black pepper, Birch
For all you international savvies out there-- you already know how fabulous this company is and all the awards they are racking up inside the beauty industry, right? I have to admit -- I had never heard of this brand before...I'm lame, I know. Sorry to my Brits out there. But yeah, when my cousin sent me the care package of products to try, I didn't know anything about his brand. I should warn you -- I am a sucker for packaging. I would buy a chewed stick of gum if it were packaged nicely with a slick logo and a funky font. So right away I was in love with the colors and the branding. Sophisticated without being bitchy about it. I should tell you a little about this company: whew. Where to begin...This company is the real deal. I don't know if I have ever come across a more earth-conscience, people-conscience, animal-conscience brand. "We’re a pretty passionate bunch, especially when it comes to the importance of respect – for people, animals and the environment. We believe it’s a fundamental part of healthy beauty and organic living." They are committed with a capital C -- through organic farming, trading fairly, and respectful supportive working conditions, members of Organic Soil Association, Carbon Neutral, Forest Stewardship Council, World Land Trust, GMEducation, Cruelty-Free International, Vegetarian Society Approved, Humane Society, FRAME & PETA...You get the idea? Please check out the history of Neal's Yard Remedies because my description is not giving them their due. They are the good guys!!!
I have LOTS of products to try in the coming days (thanks Mandy! xo) but I started out my trial with the Rejuvenating Frankincense Refining Cleanser and the Frankincense Hydrating Cream. My cousin told me that it should be enough for about 4 uses. And sure enough that was true. AND A WARNING here: I am opening a show in just under 2 weeks and I am trusting that my face is going to be happy. I have pretty sensitive skin so I hope all goes well here...lol...If it was good enough for the baby Jesus and the Wise Men...I'm hoping for a Miracle.
So what's the verdict after a few days of these new products??? I am a BIG fan of the Rejuvenating Frankincense Cleanser. It is crazy good -- smells good, feels good and about 5 minutes after washing my face there was a fabulous glow to my skin that looked incredibly healthy and dare I say youthful. For my normal to oily skin here in South Florida, the Frankincense Hydrating Cream was just a little too much -- I already got more moisture here than I know what to do with... Now that being said, I can see how if I were still living in NY that I would LOVE that product in the winter when my face is like the Sahara Desert from the dry heat indoors and the cold winds out. Again great smell of the Frankincense and a nice consistency to the product (thick but not heavy) -- silky and luxurious. Two green thumbs up for the cleanser! One green thumb for the cream -- but again I think it is because for my more-oily-than-not skin in Florida it is just a bit too heavy with the 90+ degrees out. Bring on round 2~ #stayhealthy Get yours here at: us.nyrorganic.com/shop/mandyhays
On July 11, I turned well -- let's be real, I am not going to reveal that to the world. As I think we all know, we need all the help we can get out here in the wild world of theatre, film and casting...Like I want another reason for Casting Directors to think twice..."um no, I just don't see you as 30-35 any more. " Ugh.
I had a lovely celebration filled with all my favorite things this year. Some things good for me, some things not so good for me...Come on! It's my birthday! And on 7-11 you get free slurpies from 7-11! The Gods' must be crazy... So of course I got a Coke Slurpie! I mean it was free! It was by far the worst thing I have ingested in months...And was strangely delicious. I received lots of calls and cards and a couple of very sweet care packages from home filled with lots of wonderful goodies from people I love. And Brendan of course made the day very special -- even giving me a hand-made Birthday card. Oh to be married to a fellow artist! Life is so sweet. We aren't in rehearsals yet and are not running a show -- ie, we are out of work. Soooo, always looking on the bright side of life-- we had the whole day to share together by doing lots of things we love! Free birthday lunch with mild humiliation wearing a sombrero -- see pic here (Ha! Lucky for all us their site is down)! We had a beautiful dinner eating one of my favorite foods (sauteed blue crab claws!) and enjoyed G&T's and a fabulous sunset! And the best part of it was sharing the day with my man!
Time to get to work!!!! Ok so we are about to start rehearsals for a funny funny series of One Acts at Theatre Conspiracy here in Fort Myers. We have never done a show with them are really looking forward to this quirky show. We are in Act 2 and Act 3! So suckas, I better go get them words down because this process is fast and furious...SUMMERTIME in the theatre! Stay healthy! Can't wait to share my dressing table with you! #healthyactor #whatsonourdressingtable
What's your must have products? What did you choose to put in that tiny handbag of yours for the #TonyAwards tonight? Or what are you making your personal assistant lug around for you??...As we sit on the couch watching eating chips and dip & blackberries and cream, I image that these products would be at the TOP of my list...#RosebudSalve #YoungLiving Peppermint Oil #ReedsGingerChews #Riccola #Olba #VirginMary and a Hanky (I am a southern girl, I never leave home without one...). Please keep it interesting this year kids. We have a game of Cards Against Humanity waiting in the wings just in case...
What products are you superstitious about? Please share!
Stay healthy, y'all~
I'm a southern gal with liberal politics who has worked my ass off and sacrificed a lot in order to be a working regional theatre actor. There are lots of working actors who are out here grinding without begin famous. And we consider that we have already MADE it. I really like to tell stories and solve the puzzle of the text. I LOVE untangling scripts and unlocking characters. I really give a damn about the planet and am an avid gardener. I love to get my hands dirty. I am completely fascinated by fellow journey(man) actors and how we survive and thrive. Ballin' on a budget, Baby. http://www.rachelburttram.com/