MAXINE BILLINGS, Photographer & Author

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HEALING PHOTO ART

Scientific studies indicate that art heals by changing a person’s physiology and attitude. Physiology changes from one of stress to one of deep relaxation. Perceptions of the world are immediately changed from darkness and despair to hope and jubilation.

The Foundation for Photo/Art in Hospitals is an organization founded by Elaine Poggi. I recently had the wonderful pleasure of meeting her via the Internet during my research of children’s hospitals to whom I was seeking to donate some of my nature art. I e-mailed her, and right away, she responded back. Well, to give you the short version, I am now one of the Foundation’s contributing photographers!!! ūüôā Below is a picture of my “Regal Camellia” which has been added to their website. This image is also available on various products in my VIDA, Fine Art America, Pixels, and Zazzle online stores.

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Please visit the Foundation’s website to learn more about its founder Ms. Poggi and her extremely worthy cause. You can also show support for her organization through Amazon when you make purchases. If you buy items on amazon.com, please consider using smile.amazon.com/ch/76-0720368 which is the same as Amazon, except that it donates 0.5% of the price of your purchases to The Foundation for Photo/Art in Hospitals! Just click on the link and choose the Foundation. Then shop always from smile.amazon.com instead of amazon.com. The Foundation is receiving more than $200.00 a year from Amazon, and if more people do this, they will be able to fund a whole photo project in a hospital very soon. Please help spread the word about this among your friends and family.

As always, this is from my heart ‚̧ to yours ‚̧ !

Maxine ūüôā

http://www.maxinebillings.com

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KEIGHLEY’S 1ST ANNUAL BUSINESS WOMEN’S WORKOUT TO KNOCKOUT BREAST CANCER

EXERCISEPINK RIBBON WORKOUT

 

Just a friendly reminder that KEIGHLEY’S SALON, DAY SPA & BOUTIQUE’s 1st Annual Business Women’s Workout To Knockout Breast Cancer is this weekend, Saturday, June 28, 2014, from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

We are still seeking donations.¬† A percentage of the event’s sales will be forwarded to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation of New York City.¬† To join Keighley’s in their efforts, we invite you to purchase spa packages of $125.00 per person for someone you know going through treatment now, a survivor of the breast cancer disease, or by paying for someone to enjoy the benefit of a relaxing day of a spa environment.

Again, thanking you in advance for your support and contribution.¬† Please make all checks payable to Keighley’s Salon, Day Spa & Boutique.¬† The address is:¬† 8849 Highway 5, Suite H, Douglasville, GA¬† 30134.¬† For additional information, please contact Sonia Moore at (404) 482-7349.

We look forward to seeing you at the event!  Have an awesome weekend!

As always, this is from my heart to yours,

Maxine

http://www.maxinebillings.comLAM

 

LIFE AFTER MOMMA

15-year-old Kiara’s heartwarming story of how she deals with the loss of her mother to breast cancer


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FIT FOR A QUEEN

SPA TREATMENT

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yesterday, I had one of the most fantastic voyages of my life! My hair stylist, Michelle Patton, owner of All About Hair,¬†recently moved her hair salon business to Keighley’s Salon, Boutique & Day Spa. She had already told her clients that we would like her new location, but I had no idea how awesome this place would be until I walked through the door!

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Keighley’s is located at 8849 Highway 5, Suite H, Douglasville, GA 30134. The owner, Sonia P. Moore, opened her business the latter part of last year. Her shop is so well laid out and organized. And to think, I had no idea that something this wonderful is so close to where I live. It’s not in an extremely busy area of town which led me to wondering if a lot of people know about it. If they don’t, they certainly should! I mean, this place is so awesome! I know–I already said that, but I just had to say it again.

Her slogan is:¬† Come for the service. Enjoy the ambiance. When you enter her salon, you’ll see why she chose this trademark. There is this ambiance that totally pulls you into a romantic atmosphere of a candlelight dinner, wine, and soft music. Even though that is not what you are there for, her d√©cor takes you there. If you are in a bad mood when you come in, it will quickly dissipate into a state of sheer euphoria. Everywhere you look and walk, you are surrounded by sheer elegance, beauty, and serenity. There is even a sauna, a kitchen, a boutique, and areas for massages. Ms. Moore really did her homework when opening her business!

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I was so excited that I could hardly contain myself¬†before and during the¬†writing of¬†this post! It also got me to thinking about the use of spa treatments in Bible times. Since water was scarce in some parts of the world, scented oils were a part of the people’s hygiene routine. Before being presented to King Ahasuerus, the Jewish maiden Esther (who was later chosen as queen), along with many other young and beautiful women, underwent a 12-month spa treatment that consisted of a six-month massage with oil of myrrh and another six-month treatment with balsam oil. (Esther 2:12) Even though this special treatment was at the order of the King, it seems that since the earliest of times, women have been extremely interested in making themselves beautiful. Many archaeological finds have been discovered throughout Israel that testify to the extent of the use of cosmetics by women of that time.

During these busy and stressful times we live in, many women are prone to neglecting themselves in order to help provide for their families. Let’s admit it–we lead extremely busy lives. We wear many hats within our own families–doctor, cook, chauffeur, lawyer, teacher, adviser, and on, and on, and . . . . To our families and others who know us well, we are SUPERWOMEN, but the truth of the matter is, we are not indestructible. We’re fragile at times. Although we usually hold up well under pressure, we can break. So not only do we need, but we dTFHeserve, some rest and relaxation. This is not said in order to promote laziness on anyone’s part for we should be industrious, but God also recognizes that all of us need a relief of tension. (Proverbs 6:6-11; Ecclesiastes 4:6) The key, however,¬†is to be balanced, and this is something Hope has to learn to do in TIME FOR HOPE.

As I said, I was so excited about this discovery that I just had to share it with you! When you have an opportunity, I hope you’ll check out Keighley’s. You won’t be disappointed–it is¬†fit for a queen. By the way,¬†Ms. Moore is¬†now hiring for certain positions in her salon. If you’re interested, why not give her a call! Her number is (404) 482-7349.

One more thing–let’s all please¬†help spread the word about¬†this wonderful business.¬† Not only do we need one another’s support, but when we find something that we enjoy, aren’t we just bubbling over like a fountain to share it with others?

Well, that’s all for now. I’ve taken up enough of your time. Enjoy your day, and HAPPY READING!

As always, this is from my heart to yours,

Maxine

http://www.maxinebillings.com

P.S.,  My stylist Michelle is also pretty awesome at what she does.  For an appointment, please call her at (678) 886-7855.

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