The Miracle Cure for Cellulite!

The Cellulite Problem

Many women suffer from cellulite and there are many creams and so called cellulite treatments that will miracluously make your skin cellulite free. According to Nourishing Broth by Sally Fallon Morell, “no one knows for sure how many women have cellulite, but best guesstimates are from 85 to 98 percent.” That’s a lot of people! So if you struggle with cellulite, don’t feel discouraged. Your not alone! Sally Fallon also mentions that, “even lean women often have it, including Hollywood stars who are regularly shamed for their dimpled thighs with unflattering close-ups in the pages of supermarket tabloids. Clearly, the cellulite problem is not solved by being young, lean, and fit. Being male does help, however, as only about 10 percent of men have cellulite.” Just because you have cellulite doesn’t mean that you are fat. Sally Fallon goes on to say that,” studies show cellulite sufferers do no have larger fat lobes or even more of them. The problem only arises when those cottage cheese-like lobes poke through. What prevents that is healthy connective tissue that is strong, flexible, and able to hold things in. Men have an advantage in cellulite-prone parts of the body ecause their connecie tissue has a crisscrossing structure unlike women’s, which is more linear. Women are also more prone to cellulite than men because they have three subcutaneous fat layers, not just one, and because they have nine times more alpha estrogen receptors (which produce fat) than beta receptors (which break down fat).” There are so many different treatments that women try to rid their bodies of cellulite. Excercie is also seen as something that is important for getting rid of cellulite. Eventhough excercise is important and can help with cellulite, a diet that includes plenty of foods that nourish our collagn and cartilage is essential (Morell 139). Excercise alone won’t help with cellulite.

What can we do?

Don’t worry. I am not going to tell you to use a certain type of cream or that you need to spend money on some special treatment. The miracle cure for cellulite is… drumbroll please… bone broth and any foods that nourish collagen and cartilage. Homemade bone broth is a great source of minerals and vitamins and it is also very nourishing for the cartilage and collagen in our bodies. Bone broth can help with many health problems as well. Another great thing to help with cellulite is gelatin. Grass-fed gelatin is the most perfered. There have been studies that show that gelatin increases collagen production. Mommy Potamus has a great article about gelatin and a study that was done on mice to show how gelatin increases collagen production. If you want to look more into this, here is her article:

Here is the gelatin that I use:

There is also an orange bottle which can be used for making gummies and other recipes that require gelatin. The orange bottle is not for using as a daily supplement as it is in a different form and it is much harder to digest. For daily use, the green one is perfect.

Another great thing that can help reduce cellulite is to make your own bone broth. I will have another post about bone broth later. It’s very simple to make and it has so many health benefits. In fact, Sally Fallon has written a whole entire book on the subject of broth called Nourishing Broth.

If your wanting perfect barbie doll skin, this won’t do it. This is just to help the overall health of your body including your skin, nails, and hair, but it won’t give you perfect skin. It will give you healthy skin. That’s what your wanting and this will come with a healthy diet and excercise. But as Christians, our focus shouldn’t be about looks. Our focus should be to glorify God in all that we do. We can glorify Him by taking care of the temperary bodies that He has blessed us with and to be good-stewards of them.

Closing thoughts

There is such a obsession in our culture to look good and have the prefect figure. In the end though, it doesn’t reward much. It might feel good for a time, but it doesn’t fix all your problems. You can have all the things in this world, but it can’t satisfy like Christ can. We are terrible sinners and we have fallen away from our creator to worship other things like having a perfect body and clothes, money, and pretty much anything that our hearts turn into idols. Anything, even if it is good, can become an idol when it becoms more important to us than God. The good news though is that there is hope for those that put their trust in God  and repent. 1 John 1:9 tells us that ” If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (NASB).

Works Cited:

Fallon, Sally, Kaayla T. Daniel, and Mary Woodin. Nourishing Broth: An Old-fashioned Remedy for the Modern World. N.p.: n.p., n.d. Print.

Is Sunscreen Safe?

Enjoy the Outdoors!

It’s summer! You know what that means right? It means days of sunshine and summer fun and… Sunscreen. Lots of sunscreen. That is what they tell you to always remember.” Don’t forget your sunscreen,” they say. Well, is sunscreen really that important? Does it really prevent cancers like melanoma? Is it possible that sunshine itself helps against cancer?

The cancer question

Many people suffer from low vitamin D. Turns out that, “low vitamin D status may actually contribute to the development of melanoma and other cancers” (Mommypotamus). Mommy Potamus goes on to explain that research has shown that, “Patients with malignant melanoma exhibit low levels of vitamin D3 in their blood and…others have a problem with the receptor for vitamin D. The incidence of melanoma of the skin on sites of the body intermittently exposed to sunlight is reduced among outdoor workers compared with indoor workers.” There has been research that shows no connection with sunscreen protecting against melanoma (mommypotamus).

So this means that sunscreen doesn’t prevent skin cancer, but it may cause cancer.

The chemicals in many sunscreens are carcinogenic. According to mommypotamus, “these chemicals break down into things, that are or generally just damage the body in other ways.” Most chemicals with the name “benzo” in it are those that you want to avoid. For more on the chemicals to watch out for in sunscreen, look at mommypotamus’s article titled, Wait..What? Sunlight Prevents Cancer???. Another disturbing fact about sun screen is that some sunscreens actually have a chemical known as, propylene glycol. Yes, this is the scientific name for antifreeze! Who wants that on their skin?! Yuck! Now sunscreen may not directly cause skin cancer, but it may definitely cause other health problems. Sunscreen chemicals get in the blood stream and eventually into the liver and kidneys and spread throughout the body. An interesting fact that Mommy Potamus points out is that, “sunscreen use has increased by 30%, but at the same time skin cancer rates nearly quadrupled.” This just goes to show sunscreen isn’t helping against cancer.


Now that I have tackled the cancer question, let us talk about how sunscreen may attribute to aging. The sun is often blamed for aging skin, but our sunscreens that are meant to protect us may be doing just the opposite. Many sunscreens including the “healthy” sunscreens contain minerals like titanium and/or zinc nano particles. In their own natural state they are known to be nontoxic so it was assumed that their mini-sized versions would be safe as well, but it turns out this is not the case (mommypotamus). The long term use of these titanium nanoparticles reduce the collagen content of the skin and therefore, lead to significant aging (mommypotamus). Mommy Potamus gets this information from a book titled, Sunscreen: Biohazard. DNA can also be damaged by these chemicals. These chemicals are also seen to cause cancer.

UVA and UVB rays

I find this very interesting, but it turns out that these two rays actually work together and are less damaging together. Sunscreens protect against UVB rays completely, but they don’t completely block out the harmful UVA rays. UVA rays are very harmful by themselves and can cause skin damage even if you don’t get burned. Therefore, it’s actually safer to avoid the sunscreen. By avioding the sunscreen, you are allowing for the UVA and UVB rays to work together so that they arn’t as damaging to your skin.

The sun is not our enemy!

The Healthy Home Economist talks about how everyday sun exposure is vital to our health. She states that if you are not outside each day in tank top and shorts with no sunscreen for at least 5-30 minutes, you are not even close to achieving your optimal health. Getting sunshine is so important for your health. Being out in the sun allows you to obtain Vitamin D and this helps your overall health. Why is that? Sarah, also known for her blog the Healthy Home Economist, states that vitamin D is “not even a vitamin, but a natural steroid hormone which acts to dramatically reduce inflammation anywhere it may occur in the body. Since all modern diseases are linked in one way or another to inflammation, optimizing your vitamin D levels goes a very long way to correcting chronic conditions which plague so many people today” (thehealthyhomeeconomist).


This summer I’m staying far away from sunscreen, but…what about those days that you are our in the summer sun all day? There are natural sunscreens that are much safer and okay to use when you absolutely must. The sunscreen that I use when needed is Badger’s Broad Spectrum sunscreen. This sunscreen is completely natural and much safer than most sunscreens you get at the store. Some so-called natural sunscreens aren’t good, but I love the Badger’s sunscreen as I know what all the ingredients are that they use. Here is the list of ingredients:

Organic Sunflower oil, Organic Beeswax, Organic Lavendar essential oil, Organic Sunflower vitamin E, and Organic Seabuckthorn extract. The active ingredient is Non-nano Uncoated Zinc Oxide. This is an important factor.When looking for a sunscreen you want to make sure that they are using Zinc Oxide and that it is non nano Zinc Oxide. You don’t want to be putting nano particles on your skin. Zinc Oxide is good because it acts as a barriar on your skin and blocks the sun, but doesn’t go into your blood stream. This means that it is hard to rub in, but that’s a good sign.

Another way to protect against the sun if you are going to be out all day is to wear a nice wide brimmed hat. In the old days when they were out in the sun for a long period they didn’t have sunscreen. Instead of slathering on sunscreen, they would just cover up or find shade. This is the best way to protect against the sun, but remember.. you need some sunshine. There needs to be a balance. Don’t be afraid of the sun! Go outside and enjoy the creation that God has made and blessed us with. Happy Summer!

Oil Pulling


oil pulling      I recently just finished a great book on the topic of oil pulling. I have known about oil pulling for a while now and a year ago I was really into doing it. For some reason I got tired of it and stopped. I wish I hadn’t though. This book really helped open my eyes to more of an understanding of how oil pulling works and why it is so important. Not to long ago, oil pulling was something that many people had never heard of before. Turns out though that oil pulling has been around for a very long time.

What is it?

Oil pulling is an ancient method for detoxifying. In order to do it, you take a teaspoon or more of some type of oil and swish it around in your mouth for up to 20 minutes. Normally this is done on an empty stomach and in the morning, as the bacteria in the mouth is greatest then. This is done once or more a day.

Why do it?

Oil pulling helps detoxify and cleanse the body of toxins, fungus, bacteria, and virus. There have been many testimonials from people recovering from major or minor health issues after they were oil pulling for a while. It takes about a month to really start seeing progress as you continue to oil pull. This is because it’s not the oil pulling itself that is doing the healing, but your own body. The oil pulling is a tool that helps your body to heal itself. It draws toxins and such out and allows your immune system to work more effectively in the areas that it is needed. It is a helpful tool in aiding your body to heal and just as a bond takes a while to heal, so does the rest of your body. Even if you don’t have any known health problems, oil pulling can help you maintain your good health and prevent disease. Oil pulling has also been seen to help whiten teeth and help with dental problems.

I know it sounds weird..

Many people who have not tried oil pulling are sceptical of it. It sounds to simple. How could something so simple have such a dramatic affect on your body? I know it sounds weird, but there is evidence of its effectiveness. The book that I just finished reading, Oil Pulling Therapy:Detoxifying and Healing the Body Through Oral Cleansing, is written by Dr. Bruce Fife and has much to say about oil pulling. According to Dr. Fife, “there may not be a lot of medical research published for oil pulling, but that does not mean there is no evidence for its effectiveness and safety. Actually, there is a good deal of evidence. We know that the mouth is a breeding ground for germs. We know that germs in the mouth can migrate to other parts of the body, cause infections, and alter body chemistry, leading the way to any number of infectious conditions. There are hundreds of published medical studies to prove this. We also know that oil pulling removes germs from the mouth, reducing he number that can enter into the body to cause harm. This is plainly evident to anyone who tries it. We know the human body has an amazing capacity to heal itself and will, if given the opportunity. Oil pulling provides this opportunity by reducing the toxic load on the body and unencumbering the immune system so it can work more efficiently. The fact is that thousands of people have experienced improvement. If it is harmless and works, why not do it? Instead, do it yourself, and gain the benefits” (Fife 90).

How do you do it?

Okay, so now that you know about oil pulling. How do you do it?

Here are the steps:

1.drinking water beforehand is actually encouraged, but not necessary

2. take 1-2 teaspoon of oil into mouth (I use organic unrefined virgin coconut oil, but any other vegetable oil will work just fine. Other oils that are used are sesame oil, olive oil, mustard oil, and peanut oil.)

3.Using Dr. Fife’s exact words for this step, you are to “suck, push, and pull the oil through your teeth and gums” (110).

4.Continue swishing the oil in your mouth for 20 minutes. If it gets to hard to continue the 20 minutes, you can spit it out and continue the 20 minutes with a new thing of oil. You don’t need to start your time over though. Just continue until you have been swishing oil in your mouth for a full 20 minutes.

5. After you have done this, spit it out in the trash can. Don’t spit it out in the sink as it can clog it.

6. You mouth may feel dry afterwards so remember to drink water after you have washed your mouth with water.

7.Do this at least once a day.

Remember never to swallow the oil! You don’t want the bacteria, toxins, and other nasty things to go down to your stomach. If you swallow a little oil, don’t panic. It’s fine to swallow a little by accident, but try not to as you want to get as much of that bacteria and such out of your system.

What to expect..

As you start oil pulling, it may take a little while to get used to the idea of swishing oil around in your mouth. It can feel gross at first, but as you continue you will eventually feel better about it. Your mouth may become dry right after oil pulling, but this is normal. Just drink water and stay hydrated. Also, you may notice mucous forming in the back of your throat. This is part of the detoxifying process as well.  Your body is getting rid of bad bacteria and other offenders.

Oil pulling is completely safe and can be helpful, but..

Diet is an important part of staying healthy or helping your body heal. Oil pulling is only a tool to help your body heal or stay healthy. If you are eating a diet full of junk food, breakfast cereals, and other harmful foods, the oil pulling method won’t be of much help. The point is to help your body as much as you can so that it can heal itself.  Dr. Fife talks about this as well. I really like what Fife has to say about this. Many of us know the “importance of eating healthfully; what most of us don’t understand is what constitutes a healthy diet. Some people believe that if they eat a couple of servings of vegetables each day, they have a healthy diet. Others believe that if thy cut out as much at as possible, that is a healthy diet, regardless of what else they eat. If you asked 10 people what they consider a healthy diet to be, you will get 10 different answers.With new diets and new trends popping up all he time, people are confused. Many of these diets are designed specifically as means for weight loss. A weight-loss diet is not necessarily the healthiest, nor may it be one you would want to live on the rest of your life. There are many conflicting opinions about which foods and diets are good and which are bad. You can’t trust the so-called experts because they can’t agree themselves. Some say saturated fat, cholesterol, and red meat are bad, while other say they are good, it’s the sugar and processed grains that are bad, and so forth. What are you to believe? There is an answer. A healthy diet is one the strengthens the body, making it capable of fighting off disease and maintaining good health throughout life and into old age. At the beginning of the twentieth century, however, there were many populations around the world who had not yet been exposed to modern foods and were unaffected by the so-called disease of modern civilization. Thanks to the pioneering work of Dr. Weston A. Price, we have records of healthy societies and the foods they ate. He discovered the link between degenerative disease and diet” (120-125). Dr. Fife goes on to say that the best diet is a traditional diet. Dr. Price went to different places and people and compared their health. The people who were not yet exposed to modern foods in that area were healthier than the ones who had been exposed to modern convenience foods. Traditional foods are the best. This means staying away from processed and packaged foods that are made for convenience such as cereals and canned foods. A traditional diet consists of whole foods and foods that have been made homemade.

Oil pulling is very complementary to a healthy diet and these are tools that can help your health. Oil pulling also is great for dental health as the two are connected. The health of your mouth affects the health of your body. I think that it is amazing that God has made our bodies in such a way that they can heal themselves with the help of tools like oil pulling. He will provide for his children and He has blessed us in so many things. Just the fact that we are breathing is amazing. Even when all else fails, God never does. God is good!

Matthew 6:25 “Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat of what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?”

If you have any questions or would like me to expand on something, comment and let me know! Also if you are interested in this topic and would like more information, here are some more sources:

Holistically Engineered has an article on oil pulling that is helpful:

Holistic Squid also has an article about oil pulling:

And of course, the book that I used:

Oil Pulling Therapy: Detoxifying and Healing the Body Through Oral Cleansing by Dr. Bruce Fife (I highly recommend this book if you are interested in learning more about the studies that have been done and more information behind oil pulling).

Disclaimer: This is not meant to diagnose, treat, or cure any disease. Always consult a doctor or authorize medical professional before changing your diet, medications, etc. Remember, I’m not a professional. I’m just a young person with an interest in holistic living.


Electromagnetic Fields


I have always found this to be an interesting topic. As technology has developed and gotten more advanced, our exposure to electormagnetic radiation have increased. For expecting parents, it is even more vital to limit exposure to electromagnetic radiation. Salley Fallon states that this harmful radiation can cause breaks and splits in the DNA which in turn can lead to birth deffects, growth problems, and other health problems. If it affects the growing baby in the mother’s womb, it is a smart idea to limit exposure to electromagnetic radiation no matter who you are. Obviously in our day and age it is hard to avoid all things that emit this radition, but we can definetly do some things to help against the harmful effects. According to one article on Mommy Potamus, “Reducing exposure from EMF sources closest to you will make the most difference.” EMF is another name for the electromagnetic field.

What things emit electromagnetic radiation?

This really surprised me, but it turns out Wi-Fi emits electromagnetic radiation. Salley Fallon’s book about child and baby care helped point this out to me. Instead of using Wi-Fi, it is much safer to use DSL or cable. I have to admit that I am guilty of using Wi-Fi, but I hope to change that. Also another really big source of electromagnetic radition is cell phones. These days, cells phones seem so essential to our communication. I don’t really know what I would do without my cell phone. Even hairdryers are a source of EMF.

According to Dr. Martin Blank in his book Overpowered: The Dangers of Electromagnetic Radiation (EMF) and What You Can Do About it, “Many frequencies of EMF in the environment can and do react with your DNA.” Why is that? Well, Mommy Potamus states from her research that, “the fractal pattern that makes up our DNA, the Double Helix, is so good at conducting electricity that it operates as an antenna.” I find this so intriguing how God has made our DNA. We can’t even see it, but it determines what we look like and other factors. It’s amazing that the DNA conducts electricity. This shows that DNA is not only a chemical component, but that it also condutcts electricity (Mommy Potamus).

 Ways of limiting exposure to EMFs…


There are shields that you can buy online on amazon or other online stores. They are kind of pricy, but if you are on your laptop or ipad a lot, saving up for a shield is a good idea. These shields help minimize your exposure to the EMFs that are emited by your device.


Cell Phones:

Now I know we all need our cell phones and we can’t just get rid of them (althought this would greatly decrase our exposure to EMFs), but spending less time on the phone is one way to limit your exposure. Spending hours talking on a cell phone is a big no no! If you have to use your cell phone for more than two minutes at a time, it is best to use a bluetooth or put your phone on speaker so that your cell phone isn’t up against your head for a long period of time. If you have a landline at your disposal, use it instead. Landlines emit a significantly less amount of EMFs and are safer.


Switch to Cable or DSL as it is safer.

Electric Bankets:

Yes, these are an offender to emitting EMFs! Instead of using electric blankets, use normal blankets.

Alarm clocks:

Aviod alarm clocks that are electric and plug into the wall. These emit EMfs. Instead, use battery opperated alarm clocks.

Fluorescent light bulbs:

You want to stay away from these bulbs. “Don’t use any fluorescent light bulbs, including the new screw-in “energy saving”light bulbs, emit “dirty electricity” so stick to the old fashioned incandescent bulbs or the new LED bulbs” (Fallon 36).


Because Hairdryers emit EMFs, the best way to limit your exposure to them is by… drum roll please.. don’t use a hairdryer! I know this may be something that many people, especially girls won’t like to hear, but drying your hair naturally is a good way to limit exposure to EMFs. Plus, it helps limit the amount of heat you use on your hair.

These are just a few suggestions and sources that EMFs come from. I hope this is helpful. If you have any questions, comments, ideas, or anything at all to add, let me know and comment!

Also, if you want to check out EMFs in more detail then I have here are some of the sources that I used:

Overpowered: The Dangers of Electromagnetci Radiation (EMF) and What You Can Do About It. (I actually have not read this book, but it’s one on my list to read. I found this from Mommy Potamus.)

 Works cited:

Fallon, Sally, and Thomas S. Cowan. The Nourishing Traditions Book of Baby & Child Care. Washington, DC: New Trends, 2013. Print.


“5 Facts Every Parent Should Know About EMFs – Mommypotamus.”Mommypotamus. N.p., 31 Mar. 2015. Web. 01 June 2015.

Blank, Martin. Overpowered: The Dangers of Electromagnetic Radiation and What You Can Do about It. N.p.: n.p., n.d. Print.


Are Raw Veggies Really that Great?

Turns out raw vegetables are not as great as they are made out to be. This may surprise some people. It sure surprised me! I don’t know if you are familiar with the Magic Bullet, but I have one and I have been using it for months. A few months ago I stopped.

Let me start from the beginning… I was diagnosed with H. Pylori in March. This was very surprising for many as I am young and have always been very healthy and in the last few years I have really been health conscious. Many people were asking me how I got H. Pylori. I didn’t know. I searched the web to try to find out how H. Pylori is caused, but I couldn’t find anything. Many blogs said that it was a new discovery and that the cause wasn’t really known. I was baffled.

Before I was diagnosed with H. Pylori, I had started using the Magic Bullet. This allowed me to get my veggies in an easy way. All you have to do is put in some greens, fruits, and water and then blend it up and drink! I was drinking large amounts of this stuff each day. One of my goals was to drink one every single day. I thought that this was amazing because I could get many raw veggies in my diet a day that normally I couldn’t eat in a day. I felt amazing and I attributed it to the veggies. After awhile though, I started feeling sick. My stomach would feel bloated in between meals even if I didn’t hardly eat anything. Sometimes there would be a sharp pain in my stomach from time to time and other times I would have gas. Heartburn was another factor. When heartburn was present, I was in a terrible amount of pain and I didn’t even know what was happening. This is when I went to the doctor and found out that I had a bacteria in my gut, H. Pylori. This bacteria can cause ulcers, stomach cancer, and other stomach irritations.

Last week, I was reading through a book by Sally Fallon Morell. She is the author of Nourishing Traditions and is connected with the Weston A. Price Foundation. I was reading in her book titled, the Nourishing Traditions Book of Baby and Child Care. In it, she talks about vegetables. Here are Sally Fallon’s thoughts on the subject:

“While most books on pregnancy put vegetables and fruits first on the list, we put them near the end. Vegetables and fruits lend variety and interest to the diet, but they are not nearly as nutrient-dense as animal foods. Vegetables and fruits contain only a fraction of the nutrients per gram found in meats, dairy foods, and organ meats. However, they are good sources of Vitamin C, folate and minerals like magnesium. Most importantly, vegetables make great vehicles for good fats like butter and cream; in fact, the nutrients in vegetables are more easily assimilated when they are served with these healthy fats” (27).

Now this is where Sally talks about why veggies need to be cooked. “Leafy green vegetables are a good source of folate, but they also contain oxalic acid, which can block calcium uptake and form painful deposits in the joints, kidneys, and other organs. Foods like spinach, chard, and mustard greens and kale should be well cooked and served with liberal amounts of butter or lard” (27).

With the Magic Bullet, I was missing fat. I was also drinking plain raw veggies. This destroyed my health. I have attributed my struggle with H. Pylori with the raw veggies. I’m not 100% sure if this was the cause of H. Pylori, but I feel that eating raw veggies in huge amounts without fat helped attribute to it. I was also having mild joint pain that I was ignoring. My mom, who was also drinking the bullets with me, started having joint pain as well, but worse. I’m not a doctor, but I have attained this knowledge through my readings and through my own experiences. I still am struggling with H. Pylori as this was somewhat recent, but God is good and faithful. We can do all the things that we think are healthy, but find out that it’s not. Even if we eat well, things can still happen, but the Lord will provide and take care of His children. He has been my strength through it all and may He be your strength also.

John 16:33 “I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world” (ESV).

Remember to cook your veggies and add lots of healthy fat!


Works Cited:

Cowan, Thomas S., MD. “Fresh Vegetables and Fruits.” The Nourishing Traditions Books of Baby and Child Care. By Sally Fallon Morell. Washington, DC: New Trends, 2013. 26-27. Print.

Introduction to HolisticSunrise!

Hello! I’m so excited to finally be starting my own blog. I just finished high school and one of the new things that I really wanted to do after high school was to start a blog. So, here I am! I am a young girl saved by the grace of a wonderful Savior. One of my interests is holistic living and traditional eating. I love studying about how to take better care of the body that the Lord has blessed me with and I want to help others that are wanting to live a more holistic lifestyle. I plan on writing blogs about tradiational eating, alternative medicines, and anything that I come across in my readings of holistic living that stand out to me. I hope that you will enjoy and find helpful what I have to say. Welcome to the Holistic Sunrise blog!