Category Archives: Healthy Environment

It’s ok to Play with Your Food…..

ava-mashMy latest mission has been to reuse, recycle, up-cycle, and not waste anything. So as I was cleaning out my fridge tonight, I found leftover avocado from 2 days ago. As much as I LOVE avocado, I’m not a fan of eating it unless it is fresh and it’s rare that I have leftovers! So what better way to use up avocado then to do a face mask. This is perfect timing because we have been running the wood stove constantly and my skin is really dry.

Here are some of the benefits of avocados:

  • They contain a natural carotenoid called lutein and its antioxidant properties help protect the skin from UV-B induced damage
  • Polyphenols help reduce free radicals that cause cell damage
  • Vitamin C and E helps improve the skin collagen and prevent premature formation of wrinkles
  • The rich source of oleic acid plays a great role in the defense of the skin and is a great moisturizer
  • It is a very effective cream for sun burnt or damaged skin.
  • The chemical composition in Avocado helps to quickly regenerate and rejuvenate the skin.
  • For individuals with blemished skin, aged skin or sun damaged skin, the sterolins found in avocado helps heal and hydrate the skin.
  • It also contains proteins, fatty acids, Omega 3 and folic acid. It has the treasures of Vitamin A, B, C and Vitamin E to help the skin look vibrant.

How I applied:

I mixed 1/2 of a mashed up avocado with 2 table spoons of olive oil, and a teaspoon of Vitamin E, with 2 drops of Roman Chamomile, 2 drop of Myrrh, and 1 drop of Geranium Essential Oils. I massaged the mixture to my face and neck, and let it set for about 10 minutes. I then washed my face with warm water and applied my Chaga oil mixture (which I will post another time). My skin feels delicious, soft, and hydrated.

So the next time your mom tells you not to play with your food, be a rebel and play away!!!!

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Update on my Surrogacy Journey….

Update on my Surrogacy Journey and life…. Looking forward to 2016!!!

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For more information on the  Manifestation through Vision Boards

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Spirit Brownies

This past weekend I attended a Shamanic weekend workshop.  It was a powerful and life changing experience.  We journeyed, we sang, we dance, we opened our hearts to perfect strangers, and we healed.  I am still processing the whole experience and plan to write or do a vlog about it soon.

Macro or close up of dried bush of sage on abalone shell

We were asked to bring snacks to share with everyone.  It was recommended to bring something gluten free, nut free, dairy free, and vegans due to the dietary needs within the group.  A few months ago I saw on a website, a recipe for brownies made with black beans, but I didn’t write it down.  So I thought I would wing it and hope for the best! So here is what you need to make these spirit nourishing morsels….

2 (15 oz) can black beans, rinsed and drained
1 1/2 tablespoon white vinegar
1 can canned pumpkin puree
3 tablespoons coconut oil, melted and cooled
1 vanilla bean scrapped or 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup maple syrup, room temperature
1 cup old fashioned gluten free oats
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup cacao powder or cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 bag of Enjoy Life Mini Chocolate Chips

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and grease an 9.5×13.5 inch non-stick square baking pan.
  2. Combine everything in the food processor except chocolate chips. Process until very smooth. Stir in chocolate chips 3/4 of the bag, then the last 1/4 of the bag sprinkle over the top of the batter.
  3. Pour batter into prepared baking pan and top with more chocolate chips.
    Bake for 28-30 minutes.
  4. Remove from oven and let cool in the pan.
  5. They are best when stored in the fridge.

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They came out AMAZING!!!! So fudgy and dense. Not only are they out of this world delicious, but they are healthy for you too.   These brownies a packed full of protein, fiber, magnesium, and iron.   

A Half a Year in Manifestation… more great things to come….

IMG_1022This year is the year of manifestation for me. I have been discovering my own power of being able to manifest the things I want and desire.  Back in January I created a vision board to help me focus and work towards the things I want to accomplish this year. I’m happy to report that most of my vision board has been completed or being actively worked on. I have a new job that I love. I have completed all three levels of Reiki training and now am a Reiki Master. I have improved my spiritual practice and continue to work at it constantly; I practice mediation everyday, and have even obtained my certification in meditation. I am currently working on another certification. I’m attending an extremely intense holistic health coaching and nutrition program, which will take me a year to complete. And the last thing on my vision board to complete is finally coming to fruition.

Last year I began researching and exploring the possibility of become a surrogate. This is something I have been wanting to do for the past 15 years.  On September 18, 2014 I applied to become a surrogate. It was my youngest son’s first birthday. I went through all the paper work application, the interview, background check, psychological exam, medical reviews and after many, many months I was finally matched with a gentleman 2 hours away from where I live.

Today I begin the first physical part of the process by starting birth control pills. I am not looking forward to taking this or the hormone injections I need to do because of the synthetic chemicals and side effects that my body will encounter. But it will only be for a short time and it will be all worth it in the end.

At the end of the month I will travel to Connecticut to see a fertility specialist and have an internal exam. If everything checks out ok, I will begin hormone injections. I have spent the last few months cleansing, praying, meditating, and getting my body ready to undergo this miracle of life, so that I can share my body to help create a family.

belly shotJason and I will be documenting this experience through blogs and vlogging. I am so excited to take this journey, and will go into this experience with no expectation and will allow things to unfold as they are intended too. I look at my beautiful boys and can’t imagine not being able to have them in my life. Not to be able to hold them when they cry, see their sweet little faces when they wake up, not to see them develop and grow into the people they are meant to become, and all the other wonderful and not so wonderful things that come with being a parent. I am honored and humbled that I can provide this for a family or someone that has not been able to conceive a child. And I am looking forward to this beautiful experience.

 

 

Pollinator Celebration

Earth day is fast approaching, and I was trying to think of something to do with my little man this past weekend to celebrate.  I took him to the local Audubon Society to participate in the first Annual Pollinator Parade. This celebration was to raises awareness of the critically low numbers of Monarch butterfly population and the plight of many other pollinator species.SAMSUNG CSC

Children and parents were encouraged to don their wings and antennas, to participate in the parade around Gilsland Farm. They had a scavenger hunt, an obstacle course of the Monarch butterfly’s migration from Maine to Mexico, art projects and a bee display.

SAMSUNG CSCMe being the procrastinator I am, waiting until Saturday night to make Elliot’s wings, and at the last minute decided I wanted to make dream catcher wings. We joined the ranks of butterflies, spiders, bees, hummingbirds, and many other giggly wiggly creatures to celebrate these unsung heroes of our planet.

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We learned a lot about the importance of pollinators in our ecosystems. Creatures like bee’s, hummingbirds, butterflies and other insects are largely responsible for many of the fruit and vegetable we eat. Things like apples, strawberries, almonds, pumpkins, cucumbers and many more exist due to the hard work of these amazing critters. I know I could not survive without almonds and strawberries, and let’s not for HONEY!!

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So what is the job of a pollinator? They transfer pollen from one flower to another, fertilizing the plant so that it can grow and produce seeds and food. According to the Maine Audubon, cross-pollination helps in at least 30% of the world’s crops and 90% of the wild plants to thrive. Without them many plants would not survive. These are the little things we forget about as we go about our everyday life. Without pollinator, we would not have our beautiful fresh organic nourishing fruits and veggies!

Some of the things that that threaten the survival of pollinator like the Monarch butterfly and bees are insecticide such as Neonicotinoids, which are found on pre-treated seeds, the loss, degradation and fragmentation of habitat, non-native species and climate changes, all contribute to the loss of our pollinator champions!

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What can we do to help pollinators survive?

  1. Pesticide Free Lawns and Gardens: This not only helps the pollinators, but also keeps your children and pets from being exposed to toxic chemicals.
  2. Plan a Pollinator Garden
  3. Set up a watering station for bees

Here are some additional resources to help Pollinators in you own yard:
http://www.pollinator.org/index.html
http://www.beyondpesticides.org/pesticidefreelawns/
http://www.waldeneffect.org/blog/Building_a_bee_waterer/
http://www.fws.gov/pollinators/pollinatorpages/yourhelp.html