Building and Seeding……….

There is so much going on in the world to be thankful for and happy about that I refuse to be frightened or angered by the news about viruses, terrorists, politicians, etc.

This morning, I am thankful to modern medicine and Dr. Murray Rosenbaum for (in the doc’s words, not mine) a PERFECT cardio ablation preformed on Mitch 2 days ago.  If you or someone you know, struggles with A-FIB (atrial fibrillation) and are NOT familiar with this option, please ask me questions!  While this cannot be considered a “cure,” we are feeling very optimisitic!

My gratitude list is too long this morning.   I have written and deleted several times.  I don’t want to sound like I am gloating.  I do have to say beyond being thankful for the obvious, how much it makes me smile that my boys still love Legos and that my girls deal with it and can bond about it across many miles.  All the pics and comments they shared these past few days on Facebook have made me grin from ear to ear.

I am not a preacher so I cannot tell you how much practicing gratitude can change your life, I can only tell you how positively it impacts me in my life.  A healthy mind helps keep a healthy body and vice-versa!

So for me, I choose to step away from the news which really is terrorism in it’s true form and instead focus on what I can control.  I absolutely LOVE this quote of the day from early this week and wanted to share before I leave for the park for my first workout of the day……..

“I will be generous with my love today.  I will sprinkle compliments and uplifting words everywhere I go.  I will do this knowing that my words are like seeds and when they fall on fertile soil, a reflection of those seeds will grow into something greater.”

–Steve Maraboli

Thank you to everyone who kept great thoughts for Mitch and I this week.  I have the most amazing support system and for that I am beyond grateful.

Have a beautiful day and remember you choose what you want to fill your 24 hours with…..

The Farmer in the Dell

Yesterday afternoon, after donating blood,  I watched the documentary FED UP.  For some reason I thought it was about the sugar crisis in our nation***, but it was actually about the evolution of factory farming and farm technology.  I am not sure what to take away from it, as I lean so heavily into a plant-based diet and cannot really afford to always buy organic, but I awareness is everything and I will try harder to find more locally grown and organic food.

I am so proud and delighted that my nephew Aaron has taken his amazing education and degrees to create a business, Evergreen Creations,  that brings local farmers and students together for the betterment of both.  If you are a farmer, know a farmer or are parents of young children check out his site.  This is a big month for corn mazes and pumpkin patches and Aaron has written a bunch of books that entertain and educate children as they travel through the mazes and patches, as well as through the rest of the year.  These lessons extend to teaching children that it’s better than OK to be different and help spread the anti-bullying message as they educate.  WIN/WIN/WIN! night’s Biggest Loser found Matt below the red line.  He left and Bob found him along the way to bring him to “his” house.  This week it is Matt against the guy with the ponytail who went home last week (can’t remember his name…maybe Mike??).  I like them both but am so anxious to see what Matt, ex wrestler AND model will look like in just a few more months, so my vote goes to him.  Back at the ranch, I am liking Lori who I think has it in her to go far with this.  I don’t care for Blakey but I think she is going to do well, also.  I find myself partial to all the women on Jen’s team.  Trainer Jessie is ridiculously gorgeous but he isn’t really striking me in the training department, yet.  Never been a big Dolvett fan, especially after seeing him on a survival show where he was the FIRST one out because he hit total panic mode in the water and needed to be rescued.  I suppose it shows that we all have our weaknesses but it still made me a little less of a fan.  Shame on me!!!!

Time to shower off my running sweat and hit the gym for SilverSneakers class.

Have a great Friday everyone!!!

***I admit to being confused.  Maybe what I watched was another doc with same name??? It DOES say it’s about the sugar crisis.  That is not what I saw….either I wasn’t paying proper attention or ???????

Well Hello, Doll-y!

Good morning and hello Doll-y.

Yesterday was Museum Day and Mitch and I took advantage of free admission to the Norton Musuem in West Palm.  While we originally hoped to see the newlyweds and have a Jones-Zipp experience, weather earlier in the weekend had us changing plans.  We listened to the entire new Barbara Streisand CD of duets, which pairs her with some fabulous singers, my favorite being New York State of Mind, with Billy Joel.

The museum had several exhibits going on, one being all Matchbox cars and Barbie Dolls.  Being the mom of boys, I was immediately drawn to the small car side and loved all of it, but the little girl in me also enjoyed the Barbie side.  SO MANY OUTFITS!!!!!!  So many accessories and I couldn’t resist snapping a pic of this one and sharing….

barbie scaleNiLooking at the Barbie dolls, and her clothes, they were certainly unrealistic body images.  Carole sent me a link to a doll (Lammily) which is build to NORMAL HUMAN FEMALE scale.  What a concept.  Nickolay Lamm, the creator of this doll shares this image of what Barbie would look like if she was modeled after a real woman.  I am happy that she not only has a butt, but some calves, too!

Barbie 5

If you are a mom of little girls and would like more info on this doll, who is still in the pre-order stages, thanks to Carole, I have some info.

My take-away from all of this is that it’s awesome to want to look and feel our best, but to try to be or look like someone that is unrealistic, is basically like trying to turn a cat into a dog.  Make sure your role models and especially your children’s role models are something they can truly aspire to be like.

Speaking of role models, I glanced through the Miami Herald at the news stand yesterday and DID NOT see an article about Charlotte in the Health section.  If anyone has seen it in today’s paper, please let me know!  I don’t get the Herald, but I do get the Sentinel and I didn’t want to waste all that additional paper unless the story was in there.  If they dropped the ball on this story I will be PISSED!  I have the reporters name, so I will call her tomorrow and see what’s up.  I realize, with the birth of Chelsea Clinton’s brand new living doll, Charlotte, that our Charlotte wasn’t the biggest news story–but then again, to some of us it was!

In closing, I want to say that whether you are a Streisand fan or not, I think you will enjoy her new CD.  Thanks, Rita, for encouraging me to listen.  Thanks to Carole for the info on Lammily.  You are both LIVING DOLLS.

As you travel through your Sunday and all your journeys, remember that the most beautiful of all dolls, female or male, are always the ones that come complete with hearts!




How to Cultivate More Happiness and Joy

Good morning.  Happy New Year and here it is Vegan (Feast) Thursday again.

  I am in the middle of a good read in this month’s Yoga Magazine….about a 21 day vegan challenge.   Yoga and a plant-based diet go together like…peanut butter and jelly—or lettuce and tomatoes.  “Ahimsa,” meaning non-harming, is the first of the five yamas (guides to enlightenment).  While not all yogis and yoga enthusiasts refrain from eating animals and their by-products, a plant-based diet IS a great way of practicing ahimsa or “do no harm.”  Doing no harm to ourselves, others and our universe certainly includes animals!

One of the things I have been making lately is what I like to call my chakra salad.  We know that their are foods that help balance our 7 chakras and when we put them together in a bowl, we get one very, very colorful and inviting salad.  Each chakra has it’s own color and to keep it easy, the foods associated with balancing that chakra are the same colors.

English: Illustration of the main 7 Chakras, a...

English: Illustration of the main 7 Chakras, as taught by contemporary Reiki masters. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Our root chakra is red so think of foods like radishes, beets and red onions.  The sacral chakra is orange so consider orange peppers, or shredded carrots.  For the solar plexus we want to add something yellow; corn or some yellow squash works.  Moving up to the heart chakra we can opt for any of the leafy greens, lettuce being the most obvious, but kale and spinach are also great.  For the throat chakra, which is blue, I like to throw in a handful of blueberries.  Blue is a tough color–if you can think of anything else, please let me know!  Those blueberries have to cover the third eye chakra which is also blue.  Finally, for the radiant crown chakra think shredded purple cabbage.  This covers all the chakras, but I also like to add calamata olives and avocado when available as these add great taste, texture and some much needed healthy fat to the mix.  Finally, if I am looking for a little protein I will add rinsed and drained chick peas.  I always dress my salad with fresh squeezed lemon, a small amount of balsamic vinegar and just enough olive oil.  Turns out, what’s great for balancing our chakras, (and we can all use some balance in our lives!) is also great for everything that ails us without doing any harm.  The big bonus is the rainbow of colors make it so pretty!  Play around with the ingredients.  Be creative and let me know what you come up with!

Whether you are a yoga guru or have never done a single yoga posture in your life, consider a meal or two today that are void of any animals.  As Sharon Gannon, co-founder of the Jivamukti Yoga school and the Jivamuki vegan cafe in NYC, as well as the author of the cookbook Simple Recipes for Joy says “Veganism is NOT about restriction–it’s a way of eating and living that can create more happiness and joy.”

Wishing you more happiness and joy and a wonderful a day! Namaste