Monday, September 22, 2008
In-depth Learning @ the Dead Sea
In Jordan on the North side this was not the case at all. This side was a deep aqua almost cobalt blue. She had constant movement – like mini waves and a small current. Her shoreline was full of various colored rocks ranging from 1cm pebbles to giant boulders. The colors of rocks varied from yellows (heavy sulfur content) to reds (heavy iron content). The steps we descended down to the incredible briny water were made from the rock found there on the shore line. The sad thing to see was the stacks of burlap bags that had been added at the bottom of the stairs to create more descending steps to the water due to the shrinkage of the Dead Sea. As I beheld her vast beauty once again – this time in an entire different area, I did not feel as sad about the shrinkage. The reason being – this side of the Dead Sea was over 1100ft deep and acted like a sea. This area is extremely vast. We could see Israel on the other side, but the distance to the other side appeared to be miles. I could see that she would remain a miracle sea not only in my life time but even my great, great grand children’s life time.
In our meetings we found out that our company actually imports the highest quality materials from Jordan as well as the most – even compared to the 10 active Jordanian Dead Sea companies (there are over 60 registered companies, most are inactive) that make and sell Dead Sea products. We met with one small manufacturer that brought us samples of his products. I was handed a bottle of facial mud and just by holding the bottle in my hand (with the lid and seal still in place) I could feel that it was not a pure product. It contained fillers and fragrance oils. I told this to the man before opening the bottle. This blew my DH’s mind as well as the vendor! (To tell the truth, it caught me off guard too! I’m certain that the owner of a Jordanian Dead Sea product company had no clue that he would be talking to an American woman that knew more about the Dead Sea and Dead Sea products than he ever would. At that moment I realized I am in fact a Dead Sea Mud Expert!) I began to ask questions that he did not know the answers to. I found out that all of the Dead Sea soaps coming out of Jordan are not made by the companies that sell them, but by one company that manufactures soaps for all of them. They don’t even mix their own masques, nor do they really know the contents of their facial products! It turns out that most of the Jordanian Dead Sea companies are merely packaging and marketing facades, masquerading as manufacturers.
We found out that the ‘facial mud’ created for the companies that sell the Dead Sea products actually contains various fillers such as kaolin, talc, sands; glycerin, harmful fragrances (actually used in commercial cleaning) alcohols and strong animal product preservatives. Yet their products do not mention any of these ingredients! They are labeled to appear to be all natural and completely safe. Fortunately, I know what I want to work/formulate with and our company has always insisted on our Dead Sea Mud being a pure product and not a pre-blended & finished facial product. We also want our customers to have the option to make their own cosmetic products with the highest quality Dead Sea ingredients.
In our question/answer session we discovered that the main reason they add various fillers to the raw Dead Sea Mud is due to the ‘powerful’ impact the mud has on the skin. Most people are unable to handle it in its pure form. That’s fine, but my opinion is – don’t lie to the people about the ingredients in your product! If it’s a blended masque – don’t call it 100% Pure Dead Sea Mud Masque! And in reality, to get the raw mud to glide properly on the skin – you must thin it down with something – such as a hydrosol, aloe juice, milks, yogurts, distilled/sterilized or reverse osmosis water. I know for a fact that some spas use plain ole tap water to keep their costs down. (that fact does bother me some – because it only costs a few more cents to add a lovely hydrosol to the mud and make a very nice, natural Dead Sea Mud Masque!)
We also learned that different areas of the Dead Sea yield different materials. The South side has more of the fine salts & salt bars for various salt grain sizes. Further up the bank you will find the raw, rich mineral mud. The powdered mud is created by drying the mud and evaporating the H2O out of the mud, thus creating a much stronger mud product. The powdered mud is used in various body scrubs in the spas. Many spas are now moving to using the powdered mud and blending it with various liquids due to the shelf life of this product being indefinite – in their opinion. In actuality, both the ready to use mud and the powdered mud have an indefinite shelf life. You just need to understand the changes the ready to use mud can go through. If you keep the ready mud completely contained in a gasket lined container, the organic matter will drop to the bottom of the bucket and become very thick. The briny water will rise to the top. Over time, the natural sulfur in the mud will find its way to the top and create brown/rust colored areas. Depending on the area the mud has been mined from, the sulfur could have a very strong scent. This is not a bad mud product – it just means that it has been mined from an area where high sulfur springs run off the mountains into the Dead Sea. As we drove along the shore line we could actually see the changes in the water colors based on the different types of waters that entered the Dead Sea. Where the high sulfur waters entered the Dead Sea, there were different colors in the water with a visible line where the different waters met but did not mix. The longer Dead Sea mud sits, the more likely the minerals will do their ‘natural thing’ and move around and create various colors in your raw product. In my decade of working with this incredible mud, I personally blend the minerals back in and move on. If you understand sulfur, (get over the ‘aroma’) it’s very beneficial for all sorts of ailments from aches and pains to acne & Rosacea. Think about the hot sulfur springs all over the world and what sort of miracles people experience at them. They always talk about the ‘aroma’ but the benefits ALWAYS out weigh the scent to everyone that encounters their healing waters. Keep this in mind when you work with any natural ingredient. If you don’t like the way a natural ingredient smells, learn how to blend or find a company that blends 100% aromatic essential oils. Essential oils will offer a natural, skin beneficial method of masking any undesired odor.
My next question was about understanding how our High Magnesium Brine was created. Talk about super cool! I was mesmerized by the story behind this! One thing you need to understand about the mining of the Dead Sea salts is the need to concentrate the Dead Sea water until the minerals begin to precipitate out as a substance called Carnelite. The Carnelite is then dredged and sent off for further processing to seperate out Potash and Magnesium that are necessary for fertilizers for crops. The Jordanians have discovered that creating a process of 7 pools by lining it with Dead Sea salts, then filling them with Dead Sea Brine and allowing them to sit and become concentrated and moving the brine a total of 7 times will help create a process where the Carnelite will drop out of the brine. The only Dead Sea brine that we import is the 7x concentrated brine, just before the minerals are removed as Carnelite. Due to the fact that I personally deal with the battle of psoriasis I have always insisted that our company import the highest magnesium content ingredients we can get our hands on for our products and bulk materials.
When I told our partners that I have created a way to infuse the High Magnesium Dead Sea Brine with Certified Organic, Organic or Wild Harvested Herbs they were astounded. They said that for years all of the Jordanian Dead Sea companies had been trying to accomplish this but had failed and given up. This just put another notch in my belt for being the 'true' Mud Queen! ;o) That just made my day!!!
Well. I'm completely exhausted. Better sign off for now!
The Mud Queen™
Thursday, September 18, 2008
At the Dead Sea!
Our partners/guides drove us from Amman down to the Dead Sea. It was about an hour and a half drive by car. We arrived at the Marriot Resort on the Dead Sea around noontime. The gates were blocked and security guards came out to check our vehicle and make sure we were registered to stay at the resort (and scan the car for explosives). When we pulled up to the hotel entrance, I knew I was going to be in heaven! There were two giant black marble rectangle wall fountains on either side of the entrance doors. I was already at peace. (I’m not only The Mud Queen, but I’m a fountain/water junkie too!)
We entered the automatic doors to find a full security check and x-ray machine ready to scan our belongings.
Once we cleared security we checked into our ‘honeymoon suite’. Jim and I had renewed our wedding vows after being baptized in the Jordan River back in July, but did not have a ‘honeymoon’ at that time due to our daughter staying in our little room! So we took advantage of this trip and upgraded our room to a view of the pool & Dead Sea. It was their junior suite room. And I must say – it was worth every cent we paid for it! The room had a private balcony overlooking the 3 levels of luxury pools and my second earthly love - the Dead Sea.
Once we were checked in – my heart was screaming inside – “Run to the Dead Sea! She’s waiting for you!” Having already been to the Dead Sea in Israel back in July, I have to tell you I did not expect to ‘fall in love’ with her all over again. After all, it was already love at first site when I beheld her splendor for the first time after having studied her for an entire decade. The hold she had on my heart in July, I thought could never be replaced – after all – it’s her – The Dead Sea!
But oh how incorrect I was! There are multiple sides to her! (Just like a woman, huh!?) Where we went in Israel was the South side of the Dead Sea – it was completely different from our encounter in Jordan on the North side. The Israeli south side was completely calm, very shallow (at least where we met her in person) and the waters were very hot – like a hot spring or outdoor Jacuzzi tub. There was fine salt under her waters and to the right of the floating area we found (due to my diligence & persistence!) the ‘Black Gold’ or Miracle Mud. There were salt bars everywhere on the South side. It was a vast area and I could see why it was called a sea, but in my personal opinion, she did not act like a sea to me. There was no wave movement and the color of the water was a very light/pale blue-green. There were salt bars everywhere with sink holes and I was able to walk out over 900ft with the water level being only to my knees.
In Jordan, on the North side this was not the case at all. This side had a deep aqua, almost cobalt blue color. She looked like a precious jewel to me. I was mezmerized by her beautiful colors. She had constant movement – like mini waves and a small current. Her shoreline was full of various colored rocks ranging from 1cm pebbles to giant boulders. The colors of rocks varied from yellows (heavy sulfur content) to reds (heavy iron content). The steps we descended down to the incredible briny water were made from the rock found there on the shore line. The sad thing to see was the stacks of burlap bags of sand that had been added at the bottom of the stairs to create more descending steps to the water due to the shrinkage of the Dead Sea. As I beheld her vast beauty once again – this time in an entire different area, I did not feel as sad about the shrinkage. The reason being – this side of the Dead Sea was over 1100ft deep and acted like a sea! This area is extremely vast. We could see Israel on the other side, but the distance to the other side appeared to be miles. I could see that she would remain a miracle sea not only in my life time but even my great, great grand children’s life time.
We did our introductions then we left her (only for a few hours) to travel south to a different destination to understand the mining of our Miracle Mud, powdered mud & salts.
My eyes are getting weary! I'll post more later!
The Mud Queen™
Saturday, September 13, 2008
Our second day in Amman, Jordan
Ah, business meetings! What a joy! ;o) OK, maybe not – but they are necessary in order to do business the right way! We spent many hours discussing the needs of our company with our Jordanian Dead Sea business partners.
One of our biggest concerns is the shipping of an order. In the past we have opened a 20ft container to find an enormous mess. Our last shipment we lost over 1000 pounds of the Miracle Dead Sea Mud! I was in tears as I watched it being washed away down the street. The hired help we had could not understand my sadness until I explained how it hurt my heart so because that incredible mud would not be able to help people.
Our other concern was shipping time of an order. We have had a shipment take as long as 6 months to arrive at our facility. This is something we can not accept. We had to come up with strategies on how to avoid this problem. It really has nothing to do with us placing an order or the container being filled, it has to do with the shipping yard where the container is delivered to.
During our meetings, jet lag began to set in on me and I did not feel good at all. I had to get up and move around many times. Feeling nauseous during a business meeting is not an enjoyable experience by any means!
After long discussions ranging from shipping to ‘the money factor’ we all agreed to work together. Our company will become the USA distributor for Dead Sea Bulk Materials. (Hey, what a Great company name! LOL!) All inquiries placed within the USA to the DeadSea-Jordan Independent company will be referred to us. And that’s what we came here to accomplish.
Around 6:00pm we began to discuss dinner options. I was quite dizzy by this time due to the jet lag. They asked if we liked BBQ. I cracked up and said, “Guys, if I wanted to eat BBQ, I would have stayed at home!”. They did not understand. They were not talking about Southern BBQ they were talking about Jordanian BBQ. They took us to a local, very quaint restaurant that specialized in Lamb BBQ also called Shish-ka-bobs! When we pulled up in the parking lot I saw a large pen full of sheep. It blew my mind! Jim later went on the tell them about restaurants like Red Lobster where you pick the lobster you want for dinner. He was joking about picking out our own sheep for our meal. Turned out they did raise those sheep for the meals they prepared. There was a local butcher they took them to for preparation of the meat to cook.
The meat was very savory and delicious. As I ate it I thought about my recent Bible study when Jacob sent Esau out to hunt for venison to prepare him the savory meat he loved so much. Even though I was eating lamb and not venison, I still could not help but wonder about the herbs that were used for their meals back then.
With our dinner they ordered a local fruit drink made from dates. It was very sweet and we really liked it!
Next we went to a local mall to look around. Lots of clothes and jewelry. We were looking for a particular item as a souvenir but were unsuccessful. From the mall we went to a local sweet shop. I could not believe all of the different products they made! From tiny to humongous! One of the partners purchased various sweets for us to try. One of our favorites was a local Jordanian specialty it was called, Kenaffa. It was amazing! It is made from sheep milk, Arabic honey and a crunchy topping that is sprinkled with what appeared to be pistachios. YUM!
Once we ate the sweets we headed back to the office to get our items we had left then back to our hotel. Jim and I packed our suitcases in preparation of departure in the early morning for the Marriot on the Dead Sea! I can hardly wait! Muddin’ and Floatin’ in the Dead Sea! Yeah!
Off to bed to try and sleep! I’m not doing to well in that department right now!
The Mud Queen™
Our first day in Amman, Jordan
On the ground we entered into the Amman airport. A very quaint airport – larger than Anniston, Al. but smaller than Birmingham, Al. airport. This was a big relief because we did not know what our Jordanian cohort looked like! After walking around for several minutes, we thought we’d been stood up. I said a prayer under my breath and the next thing we heard was, “Mr Jim?, Ms Tammy?” and there he was - a well kempt Arabic gentleman with kind eyes and his assistant. They helped us outside with our baggage and away we went to the Regency Palace Hotel in downtown Amman. I have to say, this hotel is a class act! I’m very glad we stayed here and we would stay here again!
We took a several hour nap to over come the jet lag then we met for dinner. I had a fun encounter before our meal. We went into down town and our guide needed cigarettes. We walked a few blocks to a local store. While he crossed the street his assistant took us into a local outdoor food court to show us a vendor making falafels from scratch. The man was an Egyptian. Very interesting and quite quick with making his product. Next thing I know he’s gesturing for me to come and make one! I ran up to the cooking stage and made my very first falafel! It was a hoot! They were all so friendly, kind and courteous. What a wonderful memory!
Then we went to a local restaurant named – Jerusalem Restaurant. We were served our meal 20 minutes before we could eat it.
After dinner we walked down town with our guides and viewed an ancient Roman Amphitheater – it seats around 5000 people. As we were walking around we had a local street vendor come up with large pot of hot tea and fresh mint. The men all purchased some. I tried a sip of my DH’s – it was very good. I was strolling around looking at the ruins and then next thing I know this adorable little boy ran up to me with a piece of candy. He had the most beautiful eyes – they were like giant chocolate drops! I instantly fell in love with him. His name was David. I met the mother, father, younger sister and older brother. They were so kind and friendly. We wished them good luck and best wishes and walked over to an outdoor after dinner smoking/coffee café. One of our guides ordered a smoke – it was a 4” water pipe/bong that contained a blended fruit & herb type tobacco. It smelled incredible! It made me want to smoke again! (Don’t worry – I’m not going there again! I’ve been smoke free for 15 years now! PTL!) We all had Turkish coffee and discussed our company’s future needs and growth desires.
While we were talking I saw a small child coming near our table. It was David! He was holding out an envelope and walking to me with it. The father came up and let us know they had purchased post cards with the highlights of Jordan on them! The envelope read, “From David and Famey (obviously they meant family) with my best wishis (wishes) for you. Thank you.” I was soooo touched! I profusely thanked them and opened the envelope. We looked at the pictures and put them back in the envelope. It was dark outside, and we didn’t notice until later in the hotel that they had written something on the back of each post card! About 15 minutes after he brought me the envelope little David with the chocolate drop eyes showed up again to give me a kiss good night. How awesome is that! Definitely worth dealing with jet lag! J
We arrived back at the hotel in time for our 10:00pm appointment with the owner of an existing Dead Sea company here in Amman. He brought us product samples. I had requested raw, unfinished Dead Sea mud. He handed me the jar and I immediately knew without opening the container it was a finished product with fillers and perfumed fragrance. I even said it out loud before I opened the bottle. And I was correct! I asked numerous questions to find out that I know more about the Dead Sea than anyone here in Jordan knows, too!
Our guide told me I am actually more advanced with my products than anyone in Israel or Jordan. He called me a true pioneer of Dead Sea products. He said that we are doing things with the Dead Sea that they thought were impossible! How about that!? What a tremendous compliment! BTW, our guide has worked with the Dead Sea products and raw ingredients for 11 years now. That was the biggest compliment I could ever receive!
Well, it’s now 2:00am – past time for bed! Will write about our day tomorrow!
THE Mud Queen™
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
Going back to the Dead Sea!
This trip is for establishing a branch/division of our company here in the USA. We will be meeting with the American Chamber of Commerce, Shipping companies and various other Dead Sea companies located in Amman Jordan. Jim will begin studying for the Customs Broker test and take it in April. This will allow us to handle our own shipments from Jordan to the US.
We are very excited and VERY exhausted right now! Planning for a trip like this is very taxing on our family & business family. I want to thank everyone that has pitched in to allow us to do this. We were truly blessed to hear from everyone – “GO! Everything will be fine while you’re gone!” Grow your company! We support you. (Thanks everyone! We truly love you all!)
Please keep us in your prayers as we travel. We love you all!
The Mud Queen
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
Body wrap experience at the Dead Sea
Our trip to the Dead Sea was incredible. Actually it was mind boggling to me to actually be there after 10 years of studying and working with its precious raw materials.
While we were at the hotel, we HAD to see if we could learn some hidden secrets from 'the experts'. Myself, Jim & Jessica all had a full mud body wrap and massage. We felt this would 'complete' our learning experience.
Much to our dismay the experience was less than we were expecting! They never had us fill out a consultation sheet - therefore they did not know if we had any allergies, body ailments or chonic issues (such as my Fibromyalgia). They wisked us all away to separate rooms that were fully tiled, no circulation and 'cold' feeling. They weren't 'spa' rooms by any means. My therapist could not speak much English at all. She pointed at a table that was covered with a blue tarp and had me change into disposable under clothes and lay down. A few minutes later she emerged with a gallon bucket of mud. I was quite hesitant for her to slather it on me. I could smell menthol and when I looked at the mud I could tell it wasn't 100% pure product. I asked her what other ingredients the mud contained - she blew me off with 'I don't understand' and proceded to take her glove covered hand and raised my right arm and in one fell swoop - slathered the warm, menthol Dead Sea 'wanna be' Mud on. She was so fast with the application it literally took her about 5 minutes to cover my entire body. Interestingly enough she left the abdomen & chest area open. I questioned why she didn't cover those areas - she told me it wasn't good for my heart. Then I realized what she meant - because she wrapped the blue tarp around me and left me in the room with no circulation. I literally felt mummified! I tried to get comfortable and think about being in the Dead Sea. Then I started to sweat profusely. The sweat came out of the chest & abdomen area and of course my face and scalp. I was burning up! There was a fan in the room (not turned on) but I could not get to it because I was packed in tight! In about 20 minutes the therapist appeared and wiped my forehead with a lukewarm cloth. What I would have given for it to be ice cold at that point! I asked if she would turn on the fan but she didn't hear me as she closed the door. So there I lay - sweating in a blue tarp wishing I was in the Dead Sea instead of that room! I could have done a much better job at the Dead Sea and would be mobile, in the sun and able to float in the silky water instead of being trapped up like Sushie in a blue tarp! Not to mention the exhorbadant amount of money it cost! Then came time for the 'unveiling'. She followed me into the shower and hosed my back and legs off with a high powered sprayer. I was slightly embarassed. I politely asked her if I could take care of it myself and she got the hint.
I was shocked that the high end treatment did not do what our products do at home - which is firm, tone & tighten the skin while reducing the appearance of cellulite. (Sorry, it's not permanent - but it lasts for at least 24 hours!) Then came time for fresh disposable clothes and a robe. I was escorted to my massage room which had a very inexpensive treatment table and two plastic out door chairs in it. She turned around while I removed the robe and got under the sheet. I had a feelilng they were going to use cheap products on my skin - so I came prepared with my own Mud-Lite™ Mineral Creme and asked that she use it instead of her products. She opened a jar of pink cream and stuck it in my face to try and get me to let her use it. I could immediately smell the chemical fragrances in it and refused the product. She used my creme and I was soooo glad because I love the aroma I had created for this massage! It had Rosewood, Sandalwood, Jasmine, Geranium, Bulgarian Lavender, Ylang II and a few drops of Bulgarian Rose Oil. Decadent - Yep! And I deserved it! The only thing that was pleasant about the massage was the end of it! She didn't know I had Fibromyalgia so she rubbed me down like a race horse. At one point she took off her lab coat and layed on my back with her forearms and rubbed up and down on my back as if I were a 500 pound man. I let out a few grunts and she asked if she was hurting me. I told her yes. I tried to explain that you don't do deep tissue massage on Fibromyalgia patients, but she did not know what I was talking about. I made it through the massage and got back in my swim suit (I had come there directly from being in the Dead Sea!) and headed right back down to my precious mineral oasis. There I slathered on the pure Dead Sea Mud to detox the junk the body wrap had done and then I did a full body scrub with the mineral salts and floated away. That was heaven to me!
One thing I learned from the experience was - I really am The Mud Queen™! I really do know my stuff and how to implement it better than the people that live at that miraculously healing & therapeutic God-given resource. My next trip will be to stay at the Dead Sea and do my own body wraps. That was really sheer heaven to me! What can I say? I'm The Mud Queen™!!! :o)
Monday, August 4, 2008
Scary Experience @ The Dead Sea
What an experience that was! I'm so thankful God took care of me during that situation. It's quite an unnerving feeling to be instantly blind out in the middle of the Dead Sea and not know where you're going. I had a lot of thoughts that went through my mind causing fear. But when I prayed the fear went away and it was almost as if an angel guided me to safety.
Well, that's my post for today. Hug and kiss 4 people today before you go to bed!
The Mud Queen™
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
Miracles occurred at the Dead Sea
My DH re-hurt his right knee this past December doing sprints on our local high school's football field. It had gotten so bad we had resolved that when we got back from our trip he would bite the bullet and get knee surgery. Even though he suffered tremendous swelling in his feet on the trip - his right knee has been completely healed! There is absolutely NO PAIN at all! He's absolutely thrilled and is claiming it as a healing and giving God the glory for it!
Then there was precious Mark & Kim. It was a miracle they were both able to go on the trip in the first place. Mark was wearing knee braces and using a cane everywhere we went for the first 4 days. When we arrived at the Dead Sea he shared that God had given him a dream to get into the Dead Sea and apply the mud to his body and he'd be healed. The first day/evening none of us knew where the mud was located (see my previous post on how we found the mud on the list here - The Most Incredible Days of My Life!). A select few of us found it that night due to my insane persistence and determination! The next morning we went out to get Mudded Up again and there were several from our group already out floating in the Dead Sea. I immediately made a bee line to the right side of the shoreline and started Muddin' 'Er Up and low and behold here they came! We all slathered mud on us head to toe! As Mark began applying the excessively warm mud to his body he shared his dream with us. We all agreed with him for his healing. Then I had to rinse off and go to the spa to get my Dead Sea Mud Body Wrap. (Yes, I know I can do my own, but I wanted to see what the spa did at the Dead Sea. That experience will be a future post) Long story short - Mark was Healed at the Dead Sea - Praise the Lord!!! The rest of the trip to include the extremely hard ride home on the airplanes and a three hour layover in Germany he NEVER used his knee braces or his cane! I saw him on Sunday at church and he's REALLY HEALED!!! No cane or knee braces still! How awesome is that!
The same thing for my DH! Absolutely no pain at all! And the biggest test for him is when he sits for any duration of time - the knee would (previously) set up and he would experience excruciating pain for several minutes while he tried to walk. He would actually limp for many minutes. Now - no pain - no setting up - just like new! I love it! God is so good!
Other smaller miracles occurred to some of the ladies (and even a few of the men!)from the application of the Miracle Dead Sea Mud, Salts and Brine. As I have written in my Great Beauty Tips Article (7 years this month on a weekly basis) the Dead Sea returned to them life to their hair, faces and body - the baby like softness and a healthy radiant glow. This is always something I love to watch occur on people. It never ceases to amaze me!
Well, that's all for this post!
Shalom Y'all! :o)
The Mud Queen™
Friday, July 25, 2008
On the Plane Again!
We had a bit of a scare while in airport - there was a lady and her family of 6 (she made it a family of 7) that took almost 2 hours getting their plane tickets! We were all afraid we were going to miss our plane. Of course it all worked out, but it was quite unnerving for a while.
On the plane God gave us another miracle. Jim was in severe pain with his crushed hip (car crash in 1980 – that’s another miracle story for another time!) and bad back - plus the poor man's feet were severely swollen. (BTW, the man NEVER complained once – I just knew and could feel his pain – he’s such a trooper!) We were in the middle row of seats with Jim on the left aisle seat. When he sat down his right knee stuck through the two seats in front of him and that was before those seats were reclined! We had 9 hours on that plane back to Atlanta! If he had to stay that way for that long, they would have had to get the Jaws of Life to cut him out! I knew this could not happen to my dear hubby so I got up and went to talk to a stewardess. She saw how crammed in Jim was and said she’d do what she could. I went to the restroom. When I came out there was a young man with crutches right in front of me approaching the bulk head emergency seat and he said, “As much as I would love to sit here – I can not because I would be unable to help others. When I heard I looked at the stewardess and I immediately said, “I have the perfect seat for you my dear!” I then proceeded to introduce Thomas to my DH and they swapped seats. It turned out that Thomas had a cast on his left leg so he had to have a left aisle seat in order to be comfortable! Is God good or what!?
And you’ll never guess what he was in school for – are you ready? He’s a geologist! OM Goodness! God paired me up with a mineral studier! We talked for hours! He even looked at my Power Point Presentations on the Dead Sea! How cool was that! The best part is – he’s going to help me create a layman’s laboratory that will allow me to test for mineral content of our products! I was soooo blown away at how God hooked all that up!
The flight was extremely long but we made it through without a glitch! We all got our luggage coming and going! I must say if you travel over seas book with Lufthansa! They take phenomenal care of their customers - no matter what time of day it is!
Our luxury bus ride home was over before I knew it - because I slept most of the way home! It's good to be home again. But I must tell you - half of my heart was left in Israel! I can't wait to return!
Luv~N~Hugs to you all!
The Mud Queen™
Our last day in Israel
Our last day in Jerusalem was quite amazing! After the enormous breakfast feast (it was a feast every morning & night at the hotels! We all ate way to much!) we headed out the door for Hazon Yeshaya a local mission’s outreach that feeds the poor in Jerusalem. The soup kitchen that we went to was in the middle of a Modern Orthodox Jewish community. We went by a bus stop and saw literally hundreds of Modern Orthodox Jewish men & women herding into the bus station. The men were dressed in black pants & jackets (like a men’s suit coat), white shirts and a Yamaka (skull cap) and some a large black hat. There are several reasons why they wear the Yamaka:
• For recognition that God is "above" humankind
• Showing their "acceptance" of the 613 mitzvot (commandments)
• demonstration of the "ministry" of all Jews
• "identification" of/with other Jewish people
Some have a custom of wearing two head coverings, typically a Yamaka covered by a very large black hat. The two coverings correspond to two levels of intellect, or two levels in the fear of God. The other thing we noticed was many of the Jewish boys and men had what is called Payot - which are long , mostly curled side burns. These are worn ranging in size from 1 up to 8 inches long. (I saw a few men that had Payots this long – possibly longer).
There we learned that about 38% of Israel is poverty stricken. We all went into the kitchen and were given disposable gloves and aprons and we began to peel literally mounds of potatoes. We had several stations where we broke up into small groups and worked together. As we peeled we began talking to each other. I learned all about my church’s food ministry – Isaiah 58. This ministry reaches out into our local community and helps to feed the poor with not only physical food but spiritual food as well. You can read more here: http://isa58waio.blogspot.com/
As we worked peeling potatoes in an enclosed kitchen cubical with no air conditioning or circulation it dawned on me how ‘wrapped up in myself’ I have become. God really convicted me about getting/reaching out to help others no matter where I was. I really can make a difference if I would just be willing to show up and do the work. My goal is to make myself available in my home town with our church’s Isaiah 58 ministry.
Once we left the soup kitchen we headed out to the Judean Desert for lunch in the Tents of Abraham (Genesis Land). None of us had any idea what we were in store for here. The land was completely barren and the heat index ‘felt’ like 130°! When the wind blew it was hot and dusty! We met inside the main building where we were told the story of the land and all about father Abraham and how he came to the area. Then we went outside and half of the group went down to the tents/restaurant via a camel ride! Those camels were the most hysterical thing I’ve ever seen! They had double seated saddles on them so two people could ride at one time. There weren’t enough camels for all of us to ride at the same time so we split the group up – half would ride down – the other half would ride back up. I was in the ‘ride back up group’. As I walked on the dusty road I looked at my feet and saw how filthy they were. I began to think about the time Jesus washed his disciples’ feet and realized their feet were probably a lot dirtier than mine were at the time and how much work Jesus must have put into each foot to clean them up! Then I realized how much work He has done to clean me up! I was quite emotional behind my sunglasses in that desert heat. But a spirit of true thankfulness and realization of my heavenly Father’s love really hit me at that moment.
After many minutes in the sun and heat we rounded the corner and there it was! The Tents of Abraham. They were of course more modern - after all it was a restaurant! But I have to say I was in awe that someone had a vision and came all the way up to the top of a desert mountain and created a business in the middle of barren, dry, ugly land and had enough faith that it would be profitable! Then it dawned on me it wasn’t only faith they had – they also had hard work ethics, determination & dedication to their dream/vision. People come from all over the world to encounter a memorable experience with this small business! That got me so excited about my own business! Hey – I’ve been graphed into the Blessings of Abraham – it’s there for me (and all those that will accept it!) to receive! Isn’t that an awesome thought!?
We had the tastiest meal of the entire trip at The Tents of Abraham! We all sat on cushions on the floor inside a modern day tent. Our ‘china’ was hand made pottery plates and cups that were glazed. Our host was a very handsome young actor (age 25 – I asked) that depicted father Abraham – he did a superb job! When lunch was over – it was time for The Mud Queen™ to mount her camel and conquer the mountain! My riding partner was precious little Brittany Kay (age 20) and together she and I conquered the mountain! If you’ve never ridden a camel – it is an experience to say the least! Once you are ‘on board’ the camel begins to rise up from its hind legs first – so you literally are catapulted forward with quite a jerking force. Then it stands on its front feet and begins to walk. The ride was liken to a horse ride – until it’s time to de-mount! Then the process reverses itself! The camel drops down on its front knees then the back legs fold up as the camel lays down for you to get off. Fortunately one of the guides caught Brittany as our camel sat down! I thought she was just ‘cameling (horsing!) around’ but she was really falling off the camel and the guide saved her in time. If he had not – she would have had some camel caca on her for sure! LOL! Needless to say – she was forever grateful!
We said goodbye to Abraham and his crew and headed to the Ela Valley or Sokho region. This was where David killed Goliath. My DH Jim told our tour guide not to get any ideas (Jim was by far the tallest of the group – 6’8”!) to use him for reenactment of the scene! LOL!
We all scoured the area for 5 rocks to take home. Since we had 3 in our family – I went and picked fresh Anise flowers while Jessica & Jim picked up stones to take home.
This was officially the end of our trip but we still had about 7 hours until our bags had to be in the hall way to bet put on the bus. One of the gentlemen (Bobby) in our group was on his 6th trip to Israel and he had previously started a ministry at the Jerusalem YMCA so he knew the area. Together with Bobby, his lovely wife Annette, myself, Jim (my DH), Jessica (our DD), Brittany, Leigh, Joyce & Sarah we all were dropped off in the middle of Jerusalem to see the old Jerusalem and Ben Yehuda area. The old Jerusalem was kind of unnerving for me. It was in a narrow tunnel-like section with the vendors (some) having a small 10x10 cubical as their shop. They would yell, and some would grab you to come into their shops. We had a few trying moments where it was nice to have a 6’8” husband tell them to ‘back off!’ while you looked.
We saw all sorts of things – clothes (even belly dancing outfits! Made me want to get back on my exercising badly! OM the thought of me in one of those right now is not very appealing! LOL!), prayer shawls, yamakas, silver chalices, Shofars (the ram’s horn that will be sounded to announce the return of Jesus on the Mount of Olives) silver items of all kinds, purses, shoes and my favorite – local art work, bread makers and spice shops.
It was getting late so several of us headed back to the hotel to finish packing – our bags had to be ready for pickup by 12:15am and we had to be in the lobby ready to leave by 12:45am. (Ouch! We had many ‘ouchies’ on this trip – but we made it through them all with flying colors!)
That's our last full day in Israel :o( We're already trying to return!
Much Luv~N~Hugs to you all! BTW, give three people you love a GREAT BIG Hug & Kiss after you read this post! It will make their day & yours!
Life's too precious to pass up the opportunity to love someone! It's all about the relationships you make while you're alive!
The Mud Queen™
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
Life changing experience
Today was another incredible life changing experience. We started the day extremely early this morning. We did a lot of walking around inside the old Rabbi tunnels under the Wailing Wall. Then we went to pray at the Wailing Wall. From there we went up to the Temple Rock where the old Jewish Temple used to reside. This area is now controlled by the Muslims and has a Muslim Mosque called the Dome of the Rock built on the grounds where the second Jewish Temple resided (built by King Herod). We saw an area that very well could be the actual rock on which the Holy of Holies resided. We all removed our shoes and stood on the rock and prayed for each other, Israel and the USA. This was a very spiritual moment for all of us.
From there we went down to the Southern Steps where the Israeli pilgrims entered and exited for their sacrifices for remission of sins. Then we went to the Yad Vashem (means Remember the Name) Holocaust Memorial Museum. This is a museum dedicated to the remembrance of all the Jews slaughtered during Hitler’s reign. This was an extremely emotional and very disturbing time of the day for all of us.
From the museum we went to the Garden tomb and also viewed what they believe to be Golgotha - based on archeological studies.
Going into the tomb was a very exhilarating experience for all of us. It was so exciting to know – He’s Risen! We don’t serve a dead God!!!
We came back to the hotel and had dinner as a group. I’m so very thankful that we went on this trip with all these wonderful people! There would have been no way to get to know them through Sunday morning services! Each person is so unique and absolutely priceless to our family. I will be praying for all of them (as I do all of you) daily.
Pass time for going to bed! Tomorrow is our last day and it’s pretty busy too! I’ve had the most incredible journey here and I’m so thankful we were able to come. But I can tell you – I’ll be VERY happy to come home and sleep in my own bed! :o)
Luv~N~Hugs to you all!!!
The Mud Queen™
Monday, July 21, 2008
Short & Sweet
We ended up with a hidden blessing - we were allowed to enter into a section of the garden that did not have public access. Then we split into mini groups and prayed for each other and Israel. It was quite a moving and emotional experience. I was so glad to have some prayer time with my family and my mother and her family. The bonding time was incredible.
When we were in the garden we saw an olive tree that was estimated to be around 2000 years old. I couldn't help but think it could have been a sappling when Jesus prayed, "Not My Will But Thine Be Done." Oh if trees could talk, as my DD Jessica said!
Once we left the garden we walked the Via Dela Rosa path - this is the path that the Catholic Church thinks Jesus carried the cross through old Jerusalem. There we saw hundreds upon hundreds of small shops/vendors. I was amazed at how many young children were selling products for their families.
Next we went to the Upper Room and King David's tomb. Then we shopped a little bit more and headed back to the hotel.
Although this sounds short and sweet - it took around 8 hours. We are bushed! And tomorrow's itenerary is going to be fuller! Wake up call is at 5:30 am! Double Ouch!!!
Luv~N~Hugs to you all!!!
The Mud Queen™
Sunday, July 20, 2008
The Most Incredible Days of my life!
Our first visit we did not find any Dead Sea Mud! I was frantic! When we went in to eat dinner, I stopped at the front desk to ask them - "Where's the Mud!?" I explained I had studied their Dead Sea for a decade now and it was not acceptable The Mud Queen™ had arrived and there was no mud to play in! (I said this in a joking manner of course!) The attendant laughed and agreed with me! He told me that about only 15 meters on the other side of the beach was a an area with mud! I was so thrilled I almost squealed with delight! Six of us got into swim suits and headed down to the Dead Sea. We all slathered on the mud from from head to toe. - hair included! It was an awesome experience to be in the Dead Sea, totally covered in hot mud and have a full moon shining down on the Dead Sea. It just doesn't get much better than that!
Today we headed back out the Dead Sea and did more full body treatments on the shore line - then we went to the spa and had our full body spa treatments at the spa.
I'm beyond exhausted now and will have to post more tomorrow.
Luv & Hugs!!!
The Mud Queen™
Saturday, July 19, 2008
Quick~N~Simple - WE'RE AT THE DEAD SEA!!!
Earlier today we saw where they discovered the Dead Sea scrolls and now we've arrived at the Dead Sea!
We're having all sorts of internet issues between hotels - but we are fortunate to get access in our room right now ($23 a night - ouch!). Our hotel room was upgraded by my mother (Thanks Mom! You ROCK!!!) to a suite and we're in a corner room of the hotel over looking the Dead Sea! I'm so excited and thrilled to be here! We have literally hundreds of pictures to download on our site - just unable to do that right now.
BTW, if you see spelling errors - I can't get spell check to work and am unable to cut and paste this into my MS Word program from the blog site. Weird I know but it's the way it is right now. So excuse me if I over look some misspelled words!
We've got our bathing suits on and are about to head to the Dead Sea shoreline! I want to take a quick moment and send out a Muddin' Wave "Hello" to all of our family, employees, Mudology University members back in the USA that are reading the blog. As well as the TSA Convention attendees! I miss you all and will think of you as I float in the Dead Sea in about 15 minutes! I pray you all have a WONDERFUL Spa Pampering Nite™ tonight! We held a private one in our room last night with about 8 ladies in our group that had nave had a Dead Sea facial! We had a blast! I told them all about the TSA convention and how Spa Pampering Nite™ originated with your group!
Off to float in the Dead Sea! Will post more later - access permitting!
Friday, July 18, 2008
Israel Day 1!
Here you see the group taking things in at the ruins of a theater in Caesaria. From there we went up to top of Mt. Carmel, overlooking the Valley of Armmageddon, where Elijah challenged the false prophets of Baal.
Then off to Tiberius on the Sea of Galilee, where we sent the night at the Dan Panorama, a luxury hotel right on the water front.
Day one was pretty easy, more posts and pics are on the way
Regards from the Doerings........
Thursday, July 17, 2008
We're off and on the plane
We finally made it on the plane. It is a very nice plane! Four rows in the middle and two seats on each side. The evening meal was really nice. I have a funny feeling I’m going to gain a few pounds on this trip! International flights are very interesting – listening to multiple languages and meeting all sorts of unique and interesting people. So far we’ve met two families that are from Atlanta, Ga. Both ladies have had premie babies. They are both precious children – Benny – 14 months old and Talya – 19 months. They are absolutely precious! Big smiles, playing peek a boo and extremely happy babies. What a joy they are. They make me miss the baby days soooo badly! It’s funny, when you’re dealing with diapers and they get into everything you can’t wait for them to grow up. Then when they are older you long for the baby days again. I guess its because as they get older you’re not their ‘world’ anymore and the fears of what could happen to them as they strive to gain their independence is very overwhelming. Especially if you have a daughter!
The anticipation of seeing Israel and the Dead Sea is so exciting to me. I read the menu of services at our hotel and realized they were using sub par ingredients in their product applications so I bagged up several pounds of our Mango Mineral Peel w/MSM, our brand new Rainforest of the Sea™ Mineral Mud Masque, Chocolate Roses™ Mineral Peel w/Caffeine and our Chocolate Roses™ Mineral Mud Masque w/Hyaluronic Acid. I combined our Hydrating Botanical Toner with the new Rainforest of the Sea Extract and man is it wonderful!
I can’t wait to behold all of the wonderful adventures we will experience on this trip. I’m so very thankful I have been so privileged to be able to experience this trip with my family!
Signing off for now to get some rest!
Luv~N~Hugs!!!God Bless,Tammy DoeringThe Mud Queen™Manicurist InstructorAL License#103166www.DeadSeaBulkMaterials.com
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Tuesday, July 15, 2008
Packed & ready to go!
We're packed and ready to go! Keep us in your thoughts and prayers as we travel today. The flight is going to be VERY long! The time difference is 8 hours. It should be interesting to see how we all adjust to it.
I can't wait to see how God impacts our lives with this trip. I don't know when I'll be able to connect to the internet - so until my next post - Keep the Faith! We love you all!
God Bless,Tammy Doering
The Mud Queen™
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Monday, July 14, 2008
Less than 24 hours & counting!!!
I had last minute ideas just in case our bath room suit case got lost. I created 3oz travel bottles and labeled them all (Really pretty deep blue Clowningway Font) then put pretty red bows on them for an accent. Over board - probably - but they look really cute! ;o) And I did it - BECAUSE I COULD! I just love the fact that I know how to make a formula, create it, make a label for it and package it! I'll get my DH to take a picture of it tonight for y'all to see. I think it would make great travel kits to retail in our boutique. Maybe it can inspire some of you!
Well, I just want to take a moment and Praise the Lord here! All of the AP is paid in full and so are the taxes and additional payroll! Is God GOOD or what!? Best part is - DH & I both had new sales take place today - we're pretty pumped!
Our staff has worked so hard and been very diligent with learning. I am so thankful for them! One of the really cool things we learned about this week (and implemented in our office on several computers) is Skype technology! We set up web cams with built in microphones and will be able to talk to our office on a daily basis - FOR FREE while we're in Israel - how COOL is that!?
Well, I guess I'd best be closing down the office the night and get home and finish packing and finishing up the outstanding laundry and house cleaning. I can't stand to leave our home in a mess before I go away. I want to come home to nice clean house when I return from a trip. The mess you're bringing home with you is enough to make you lose your hair as it is! LOL! I don't want an additional mess to contend with! Signing off for now!
The Mud Queen™
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Sunday, July 13, 2008
Only two days away!
We have made more trips to Wal-Mart (wish we had stock!) for shorts (long ones - can't wear short shorts over there!) shirts (with sleeves - I can't believe how covered up you have to be when you're away from the hotel.), underclothes (we're going for 10 full days - need extra undies in case of an emergency!) smaller bathroom items, and the list just seems to never end! We'll be staying at upscale hotels, but we still need to create 'travel toilet paper'. Who'da thunk it! We have to travel with our own TP! LOL! Sure glad I found out ahead of time!
I went into the office after church today and put all of our skin care products into foil pouches (properly labled of course!!) for proper traveling. My DH has graciously consented for me to have the full 'royal treatment' while at the hotel at the Dead Sea. Knowing what I know about their products over there (ingredients - basically lack of high quality - mostly laden with petro products - I want my treatments being done with MY products IF I see undesirable ingredients in theirs!!!! Who knows, maybe I'll teach them something while I learn a plethora of things at the same time.
We're planning on doing daily blog entries with pictures (possibly Pod Casts) so stay tuned! :o)
The Mud Queen™
Tammy & Jessica in Florida Pool
Thursday, July 10, 2008
I'm still in awe of the fact that I will be walking where Jesus did! I can't help but feel so unworthy and yet so privileged at the same time! It's such an awesome feeling to know I am a child of the King and will be able to see many of the places I have read about and heard about in church all of my life!
I visited the site of the hotel we will be staying at on the Dead Sea - it's AMAZING! Check this out: http://tinyurl.com/6n39ho When you get on the site - find the video button and play it - it will blow you away! My only fear is I will not want to come home! LOL!!!
Well, its late and time for me to start unwinding before bedtime. Tomorrow is a HUGE day at the office! Getting out shipments, paying taxes, AP for two weeks and Payroll, too! I am thanking God for all He has supplied us with before this trip took place. It's been amazing to watch how He has provided for us to make this trip possible. He's so Awesome!!!
Luv~N~Hugs to all!
The Mud Queen™
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Wednesday, July 9, 2008
Another day closer!
We are working each day on preparation of our businesses while we are out of the country for this blessed trip. There are soooo many things that must be done before we go! Pre-pay all of the payables, write several weeks of payroll checks, create payroll tax payments on line, pay June sales tax, pay quarterly payroll state taxes, teach the employees about what to do in case of an emergency, go over how to make invoices, go over how to make deposits! The list seems to be never ending! Most of these tasks don't take a lot of time - just money! :o) I praise God for taking care of all of this ahead of time! He has supplied everything we need to be able to take care of all of our responsibilities and obligations - How Great is our God!!!
Then we have our home to deal with. We are soooo thankful for my precious father - Tom Ossink who is a vital member of our family and our businesses. He does it all - waters the plants, feeds & lets out our black & tan miniature Daschund Annabelle, washes floors, vacuums, picks up the daughter from school or ball practice. Then there's yard work - he's relentless when it comes to helping there! A few weeks ago we were leaving for the early morning service at our church and realized his car was in our driveway - as we passed by the house we saw him putting the yard clippings in the wheelbarrel that were left from the night before! When we called his cell phone and asked what he was doing - he said, "Just wanted to get a jump on the work before church starts! See ya this afternoon!" When we came home from church, most of the work was done! At our office he does the bank deposits, manages our warehouse, fills the distributors pallet orders, takes care of warehouse inventory and watches over things. Are we blessed or what! Thanks Dad - you're the greatest!!! We can go out of the country an know everything will be all right with you here!
Well, it's getting late and time to head home! I pray you have a blessed evening!
Tuesday, July 8, 2008
July 8, 2008 - Anticipation!!!
In 1998 I began learning about ancient natural therapies such as Aromatherapy (use of essential oils), Thalassotherapy (use of Mineral Salts & Hydrotherapy), Balneotherapy (use of mud wraps), Phytotherapy (use of Plant Extracts) and Heliotherapy (use of the sun for therapy). I began dreaming skin care formulas that incorporated all of these therapies. I began documenting and implementing natural treatments on myself. I have personally witnessed and experienced so many different types of healing from using Dead Sea ingredients blended with various other natural oils, butters and essential oils that I have made it my life's mission to teach the world about the Healing & Therapeutic Powers of the Dead Sea.
I am the President & Founder of a bulk company called - Dead Sea Bulk Materials & More!!!™. I have been researching, formulating, importing spa quality raw Dead Sea ingredients, manufacturing & teaching how to create spa quality Dead Sea Hair, Skin & Nail products for over a decade now.
The time has finally come for me to meet the Dead Sea face to face! I'm so excited I feel like a kid at Christmas! Our trip is only one week away from today (July 8, 2008)! I can hardly believe it! My family and I will be embarking on an adventure of a lifetime! We will be touring The Holy Land - Israel! We will be walking where our Lord & Saviour Jesus Christ walked, ministered and lived, died & rose again! How awesome is that!
And after 10 years of research, formulating, importing and manufacturing spa quality products with Dead Sea ingredients - I will have the awesome privilege of personally beholding as well as getting into the the incredible - Dead Sea! I can't wait to see what God does with this trip for my life, heart, mind, body & soul - as well as my families! In addition to my DH - Jim Doering, DD - Jessica Doering (and of course - ME!) we be sharing this experience with my loving mother - Nancy Waters, step father - Steven Waters & my brother - Michael Waters along with 24 other ladies and gentleman from our church - Word Alive International Outreach.
Our goal with this blog to allow our beloved friends & customers to share in our incredible journey and experience our trip through pictures and postings on this site! Visit often and tell your friends and family about this site, too!