new york.

heading into the Hudson Valley we were greeted with the stunning beauty that I remembered from living there two years previous.

returning here was more than just a place to stop over and see friends, it was type of cleansing; a needed return to put a new memory on the place that had left us with such melancholy feelings the last time we were here.


staying with the dearest of friends (and realizing we shared not only the same childhood, but the same dish pattern from the fifties–I mean. whoa.) combined with two amazing children,  the boundless knowledge they share as a couple and a perfectly feisty cat named Lucky;

well. it was just perfect.


armed with books, hot showers and good meals we set off for Brooklyn.


exploring the city


9/11 memorial


WWII memorial


WWII memorial


japanese market.


winter florals.


papaya dog


off to new jersey…..

All images © 2013-2016 Jeannie M. Starks / two daisies life

allergies got you down?

along with the warmer days, the sunshine, flowers popping up and the grass turning green; the other thing that comes around this time of year is those pesky allergies.


“an allergy is a heightened sensitivity to a foreign substance (called an allergen) that causes the body’s defense system (the immune system) to overreact when defending itself.” source

generally the symptoms for allergies related to pollen or ‘seasonal allergies’ are sneezing, itchy watery eyes, nasal congestion, runny nose, and possibly wheezing.

a natural alternative to treating your allergies with over the counter or prescription treatments, is to use essential oils.

using three basic oils; lemon, lavender and peppermint to treat seasonal allergies has proven to be a powerful antihistamine to bring down inflammation and other discomforts caused by your body’s allergic response.

Lemon Peel:

cleansing to the body’s systems and frequently used for respiratory discomfort.

Lavender Flower:

renowned for its calming and balancing effects, both internally and externally.

Peppermint Plant:

promotes clear breathing and healthy respiratory function.

you can use them combined in various ways: combine all three in a carrier oil (such as fractionated coconut oil) and use as a rub to apply to your feet and temple as needed. you can also combine all three in a vegetable cap and take them internally (using only approved oils for internal use) or you can us the Triease Seasonal Blend by doTerra which is a proprietary blend of Lemon, Lavender and Peppermint in gelcap form.


I hope you don’t have the seasonal allergy blahs, but if you do–feel free to inquire about a natural solution. I’d love to help :)


**these statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. this product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent disease.**

All images © 2013-2016 Jeannie M. Starks / two daisies life

cold turkey: day one.

or: how to quit nicotine in four (easy) days.

IMG_6424_2this guy. smoker for over ten years. has tried repeatedly to break the habit, and failed each time.

each time he has relied on using a nicotine replacement patch to ‘ease’ symptoms, but didn’t do much else.

this time, with a whole new mental attitude in place, we decided to approach it from a whole body angle, and after a little research I came up with a four day plan to get him through kicking the habit cold turkey.

day one.

healthy breakfast:

scrambled eggs, multigrain toast, raw broccoli (great for escorting the nicotine out of the body) a citrus fruit or drink.

16 ounces water + 8 drops lemon essential oil

1 Zendocrine Detoxification Complex Tablet (supports healthy cleaning and filtering functions of the liver, kidneys, colon, lungs and skin) 

diffuse black pepper oil into the air: (black pepper has been shown in many studies to aid in recovering from tobacco addiction) 

use lavender on the feet for calming properties, citrus oils such as wild orange to encourage.

*repeat the water with lemon oil 6-8 times throughout the day*

this is the key element to flushing the nicotine from the body–it leaves in the urine (stay close to the bathroom) :)

rest. rest. rest.

healthy lunch:

turkey sandwich on multigrain bread with avocado, mustard. more raw broccoli and a tangerine.

green tea.

more water with lemon oil.

carrot/orange/ginger juice for snack

healthy dinner:

grilled chicken breast with roasted red peppers

baked sweet potato with butter

green tea

water with lemon oil and another Zendocrine tablet

*key things to remember:

–the lemon oil water and the Zendocrine are going to speed up the “flushing” process. you should be urinating 2-4 times an hour by the end of day one. carrot juice is another great detox beverage.

–sugar/sweets may be a “trigger” (they were for my dude) so we learned really fast: no sweets until this passes!

–replace the “habit” part with another habit. this one is up to you, personally. day one might be too soon to figure that out. I bought essential oil inhalers that are white plastic and have a filter that can be filled with black pepper oil for him to use at work if (when!) the cravings hit….he can’t smell them yet, but I’m sure when those sensations return he will use them.

symptoms you may or may not experience:

fatigue, brain fog, lack of concentration, itchiness, panic, craving, sense of loss.

get as much sleep as you can, and drink, drink, drink!

tomorrow: day two! 

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**these statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. this product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent disease.**