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Downton Abbey Premiere (Season 4) Tonight!

Downton Abbey Season 4 premiers tonight on PBS Masterpiece!  


I was so lucky to be invited to see it early at the MN PBS showing in December with my friend Emma (she’s British!)  at the St. Paul Landmark Center, complete with tea samplings.
That was one of the quickest hours I’ve spent in a while!  [Thanks Again, Emma!]

Landmark Center

I’m a huge fan of both the show and tea, so when I saw this, I just had to get it for Christmas!
It was challenging to reserve it for Christmas morning, but worth the wait.

Downton Abbey Tea

Both of these teas are excellent, by the way!

Why am I writing about Downton Abbey here, besides the fact that I love it and have already pre-ordered the Season 4 DVD?  Well, according to my friend Alison Golden of (who is also British!) Downton Abbey is 7/10 Paleo!  Who Knew?!

Read here to find out who the most “Paleo” character is!

And tune in to PBS tonight and enjoy – the season premier is awesome as always,
even without our beloved Matthew Crawley!

2013 in Review: Rollercoaster Year


Happy New Year, Everyone!  Sad to say I didn’t make it to midnight.  So close!
This was the first year Alex tried to stay up until midnight, but by 11pm or so we were both teetering – and NOT from alcohol! We collapsed into our beds without seeing the sparkly ball drop.  Oh well, maybe next year.  Wait… what did I say last year about practicing what I preach about healthy sleep habits?  We’re both in a sleep-deprived fog this morning.  No energy to take down the tree and decorations yet.  Maybe later…after our movie marathon.

We did celebrate by roasting the turkey that was intended for Christmas – the one that arrived frozen solid (unlike the one we ordered at Thanksgiving, which was fresh).  Served with sweet potatoes, cucumber-avocado-salmon roe appetizer and vanilla-honey-cinnamon coconut butter candy.  And let’s not forget the sparkling apple juice to toast the New Year!

This past year has had some tremendous ups and downs for me.

I started Pamela’s Paleo Life just over a year ago after Thanksgiving.

Completed a 21-Day Sugar Detox, during which I discovered I was pregnant at the age of 45.

Addressed a critical issue for those undergoing radical transformation.

Cooked a LOT.  Ate a lot.

Suffered a miscarriage with complications requiring antibiotics at Easter time and lingering adrenal fatigue throughout the summer.

Son turned 9.  Pets turned 12 and 14 years old respectively.

Son had orthodontic palate expander and braces.

Met my hero, Tara Grant at the Minneapolis Primal Blueprint seminar.

Completed a course in Behavioral Economics from Duke University (fascinating!)

Celebrated turning 29 with 17 years experience (that’s 46 for the math-challenged.)

Posted lots of pet photos for cuteness and laughs.

Discovered Paleo Dough!  Used it lots.

Rediscovered archery.

Attended a family reunion, lost two more members thereof.

Did an interview with Alison Golden of PaleoNonPaleo.

Enjoyed playing with the ever-expanding line of colors and products at Red Apple Lipstick!

Continued to educate myself about autoimmune disorders, especially celiac disease and ways to heal and stay healthy.

Celebrated our 1st Blog Birthday!

Whew!  That’s a lot of ups and downs.
Here’s wishing all of us a Happy, Healthy, Wealthy, SMOOTH and STEADY 2014!

Mabel’s Labels!


mabel 1  Mable SmallCombo-21

This product is a godsend for people with kids!  (or seniors, or forgetful adults…)

I have been using Mabel’s Labels for about 5 years now and love them.  The Tag Mates stay on through the laundry, the Skinny Minis stay on through the dishwasher – for YEARS.


I have Laptop Lunch kits that are 7 years old and the labels have been on them for 2-5 years.

The material resembles the stickers used on license plates for car registration (tabs).
They stick to non-porous surfaces and synthetic fabrics and stay put.  UV safe too.

Products include name labels for just about anything including clothing and shoes, sports equipment, travel bags, household (organizing) containers, allergy, safety wristbands, holiday and stationery.  Whew!  That’s quite a list!

If you have someone in the family that tends to lose stuff, check these out!

Mabel Hockey combo Mabel Allergy

My Interview with Alison Golden on Paleo/

PaleoNonPaleo logo

Click this image to read it!

I recently had the honor of doing a “Paleo Success Story” interview with Alison Golden of PaleoNonPaleo.  And it published TODAY!  Yippee!

I hope my experience inspires and encourages others to make a positive lifestyle change.  Lord knows it’s not easy, but IS SO WORTH IT!

BAM! Instant Color: A Red Apple Lipstick Review

Red Apple Lipstick asked me if I was interested in doing a product review and I enthusiastically said,

“YES!  I would LOVE to!”

Since I’ve already tried nearly every pink- or red-based lipstick they’ve made to date, I suggested doing a review on their latest product line: Instant Color Lipstick.

This formula is the creamiest lipstick I’ve ever worn, providing an ultra-moisturizing smooth feel. The color is opaque – INSTANT – just as you would expect from the name.  It is pure, creamy color without shimmer or glitter.  Most mineral-based lipsticks have a “buildability” feature, meaning you can apply sheer or build the color and opacity with multiple swipes.  This formula is different from the others that way – it is more like traditional lipsticks in color intensity.  It also wears down to a “staining” on the lips, keeping the color longer.  The flip side, of course, is that you have to be careful where you put it – as it stays put.

I tried three of the six colors in the Instant Color Collection:
Lovebird, Oh My Guava and HibisKiss.


Lovebird – HibisKiss – Oh My Guava


Lovebird – Oh My Guava – HibisKiss

These lovely lipsticks are unscented, gluten-free, nut-free, paraben-free, cruelty-free, vegan and all-around AWESOME!

Be sure to sign up for the VIP Club email list to get 20% off codes each month – the first one arrives IMMEDIATELY (conveniently located at the upper right side of their web page).
Free shipping for purchases over $25.  Look for the many select-your-own discount packages in each category.

What are YOU waiting for?!  It’s Beauty without the Beasties!

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