Archive for April 2014

Recycle K-Cups and Grow Vegetables

Recycle K-Cups and Grow Vegetables
Amongst other worries with coffee K-Cups, my main concern is the major waste the plastic cups are creating.  I was thrilled when I discovered a fantastic use for recycling them and growing vegetables. It actually became a great project for the kids and I.  I began by scooping out and saving all the coffee grounds.... Read more »

Meatless Monday: My New Favorite Salad

Meatless Monday: My New Favorite Salad
If you come to my house this spring, I will be serving this simple brussels sprout salad.  With only six ingredients and limited prep work, this salad is unique, tasty and perfect to accompaniment something heavy at a barbecue or picnic. Your New Favorite Salad 1 pound brussels sprouts 1/2 cup Parmesan Cheese 1 avocado... Read more »

Emerging from the longest winter ever

Emerging from the longest winter ever
Walking outside is a simple pleasure these days.  We are slowly emerging from the longest and coldest winter in my memory. To be blunt it was brutal. Coinciding with the weather warming, I began my cleanse and since continued keeping my body clean and feel lighter physically, mentally and emotionally. Looking back, I realize I... Read more »
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Do you know what is a Gif?

Have you seen lots of these lately? I could stare at this all day.  Did you used to have something like this when you were younger?  I remember I did. The above is an animated Gif.  Gifs are “a file in the Graphics Interchange Format specified as GIF89a that contains within the single file a... Read more »

Meatless Monday: Ten Dollar Chickpea, Mushroom and Cauliflower Curry

Meatless Monday: Ten Dollar Chickpea, Mushroom and Cauliflower Curry
My cleanse ended Friday evening.  Saturday morning I woke up excited, but cautious to eat.  I enjoyed a nice bowl of steel cut oatmeal with apples, walnuts, cinnamon and chia seeds.  I was surprised and thrilled that my non-breakfast eating husband ate a warm bowl along side me. After a leisurely breakfast, I took my... Read more »

Ten Tips for a Three-Day Juice Cleanse

Ten Tips for a Three-Day Juice Cleanse
This is my second go around at the three day juice cleanse.  Read about day one, two and three here. Although very challenging, this time I have learned a few things that have made the experience more pleasant. 1. Be Ready.  If you are not, wait until you are.  It took me some time to... Read more »
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Instagram is causing me to hate my body

Every picture I see of myself, instead of appreciating the beauty of the moment, I am noticing how big my arms or belly look.  To be honest with you, I am down right frustrated. I want to be comfortable in my own skin, and there are brief moments during yoga classes or cuddling with my... Read more »

Meatless Monday: Senegalese Peanut Soup

Meatless Monday: Senegalese Peanut Soup
My family and I are in Indiana to celebrate Passover.  After this bitter cold weekend, I couldn’t be happier to sit outside without a jacket watching the kids run around. My friend, Christine who writes The New Abides, graciously offered to write this weeks Meatless Monday recipe. *    *    *  A couple of... Read more »

Breakfast for Dinner

Is this something you do often? I’ve heard the phrase, but never actually done it – besides an occasional bowl of cereal on a night when a formal dinner isn’t needed. The other night my husband was stuck at work and I felt tired and uninspired on what I could feed the kids and I... Read more »
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You need 12 hugs every day

You need 12 hugs every day
How many hugs do you estimate you get a day?  One or two?  Maybe three or four?  But, twelve?  I don’t even think I get 12 at a family wedding. According to Pranaenergetics: “The skin is the largest sensory organ in the body.  Physical touch, in particular hugs, are extremely beneficial physically, emotionally, mentally and... Read more »
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